Call for TTW to be named heritage site in honour of Derek Walcott

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A report from Trinidad’s Newsday.

A group at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus is calling on the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts to declare the Trinidad Theatre Workshop (TTW) on Jerningham Avenue, Belmont a national heritage site.

In a release issued to media on Monday, the UWI Socialist Student Conference through its coordinator Amílcar Sanatan, and its public relations officer, Shalinee Bahadur, called on the ministry to honour Derek Walcott’s legacy by empowering the youth in arts.

Walcott, one of the region’s few Nobel laureates, died on March 17 in St Lucia and he was the founder of the TTW.

The release said, “Derek Walcott was the most distinguished poet and playwright the Caribbean has produced. He is internationally recognised as the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992 and the T.S. Elliot Prize for Poetry in 2011. He, however, spent a significant part of his professional life in the Caribbean – in Jamaica as a student, in Trinidad as an artist and residence in his native homeland, St. Lucia. In 1959 he was a founding director of the Trinidad Theatre Workshop. We call on the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts to honour the legacy of Derek Walcott by empowering the youth in arts.”

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