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Derek Walcott

Duration:
40 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 09 June 1991

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is poet and playwright Derek Walcott. Recent winner of the WH Smith award, and described by his admirers as one of the greatest contemporary exponents of the English language, he'll be talking to Sue Lawley about his early life in St Lucia - a place he frequently returns to, when not at his post of Professor of Poetry at Boston University.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: You Can Call Me Al by Paul Simon
Book: Ulysses by James Joyce
Luxury: Carton of cigarettes

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for Frédéric Chopin

    Frédéric Chopin Les Sylphides

    Orchestra: The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Herbert von Karajan

    Works By Offenbach, Chopin And Delibes, Deutsche Grammophon

  • Image for Paul Simon

    Paul Simon Born At The Right Time

    The Rhythm Of The Saints, Warner Brothers

  • Image for Mighty Sparrow

    Mighty Sparrow Ten To One Is Murder

    An Artist Among USA, RCA Classics

  • Image for Beniamino Gigli

    Beniamino Gigli O Paradiso

    Gigli Vol 1 1918-24, Nimbus Records

  • Image for Bob Marley

    Bob Marley No Woman No Cry

    Live at the Lyceum, Island

  • Image for Shelley Plimpton

    Shelley Plimpton Frank Mills (from Hair)

    Hair - American Love-Rock Musical, RCA Classics

  • Image for Bob Marley

    Bob Marley Redemption Song

    Hot & Sweet, Island

  • Image for Paul Simon

    Paul Simon You Can Call Me Al

    Born At The Right Time, Warner Brothers

Credits

Presenter
Sue Lawley

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