Nobel Laureate Week

Nobel Laureate week was celebrated this year from the 17th January to the 23th of January.

St. Lucians have designated this week as the time to celebrate the achievements made by our very own Nobel Laureates and to encourage students to aim for stellar heights. The Nobel Laureates from St. Lucia are Honorable Dereck Walcott and the late Sir Arthur Lewis.

Sir Arthur Lewis was the first West Indian to win a nobel prize. He won this prestigious prize in 1979 . The community college located at Morne Fortune, St. Lucia is named after him. He died on June 15, 1991.

Honorable Dereck Walcott is the second West Indian to win a prize. He achieved this accomplishment in the field of Literature in 1992 . His childhood home was recently renovated and is being preserved as a historical site. It was opened to the public this year during Nobel Laureate Week.

Students were encouraged to purchase and buy T-shirts designed to celebrate Nobel Laureate week . There was a picture showing both of the Nobel Laureates on the front of the T-shirt and there was a quote from each of the two Nobel Laureates to the back.

Poem By Honorable Dereck Walcott

A City’s Death By Fire

After that hot gospeller has levelled all but the churched sky,
I wrote the tale by tallow of a city’s death by fire;
Under a candle’s eye, that smoked in tears, I
Wanted to tell, in more than wax, of faiths that were snapped like wire.

All day I walked abroad among the rubbled tales,
Shocked at each wall that stood on the street like a liar;
Loud was the bird-rocked sky, and all the clouds were bales
Torn open by looting, and white, in spite of the fire.

By the smoking sea, where Christ walked, I asked, why
Should a man wax tears, when his wooden world fails?
In town, leaves were paper, but the hills were a flock of faiths;
To a boy who walked all day, each leaf was a green breath
Rebuilding a love I thought was dead as nails,
Blessing the death and the baptism by fire.