Derek Walcott
Derek Walcott
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Nobel laureate Derek Walcott has died aged 87. The Saint Lucian poet and playwright received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992 and was best known for his works including the epic poem Omeros, a Caribbean reimagining of Homer's The Odyssey.

Walcott's work as a playwright spanned almost 65 years and included Dream on Monkey Island, produced off-Broadway by the Negro Ensemble Company in 1971 and won an Obie Award for Best Foreign Play.

He also wrote The Capeman with musician Paul Simon, a Latin-infused musical about the life of convicted murderer Salvador Agrón. It premiered on Broadway in 2008 starring Marc Anthony and received three Tony Award nominations.

In his later life he was Professor of Poetry at the University of Essex until 2013. Last year he was among the first recipients of the knighthood by St. Lucia.

A number of theatre figures have paid their respects on Twitter, with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda quoting lyrics from The Capeman and actress Jade Anouka recalling her time spent working with him on the staging of Omeros at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in 2015.