Nobel Prize Winner Derek Walcott Reads Sea Grapes

By March 20, 2017News, Poetry, Video

Sir Derek Alton Walcott (January 1930- March 2017) was an award-winning poet from Saint Lucia; born to parents who adored poetry and art, Derek and his twin brother Roderick (a playwright) seemed destined to be creative and expressive themselves.

Sadly Derek passed away in March 2017, but he has left an extensive legacy of poetry that gained much recognition through the decades. He wrote his first poem at 14 and, with help from his mother, he self-published his works, and eventually gained a scholarship to the University College of the West Indies.

Derek Walcott remarked how his writing was influenced by T.S Eliot and Ezra Pound, and his friends and contemporaries Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. Walcott’s writing was heavily influenced by tensions and cultural themes from his post-colonial Caribbean upbringing, and these meaningful reflections brought him critical acclaim.




Award Winning Poet Derek Walcott’s Achievements:

1969 Cholmondeley Award

1971 Obie Award for Best Foreign Play (for Dream on Monkey Mountain)

1972 Officer of the Order of the British Empire

1981 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (“genius award”)

1988 Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry

1990 Arts Council of Wales International Writers Prize

1990 W. H. Smith Literary Award (for poetry Omeros)

1992 Nobel Prize in Literature

2004 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Lifetime Achievement

2008 Honorary doctorate from the University of Essex

2011 T. S. Eliot Prize (for poetry collection White Egrets)

2011 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature (for White Egrets)

2015 Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry Lifetime Recognition Award

2016 Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Lucia

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Jo Nesbø’s, The Snowman Adapted for Movie and the Trailer is Intense

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Jo Nesbø’s Harry Hole series has proven thrilling and suspenseful and is much loved by book fans. To date there are eleven books in the series and we’re about to see Detective Harry Hole (prounounced Hoo-leh) imagined on screen for the first time!

As is often the case with crime adaptations, it’s not the first novel in the Harry Hole series that is being adapted, that was The Bat, written in 1997 but the seventh book, The Snowman, released in 2007 in Norwegian and translated in 2010. This isn’t unusual for crime adaptations, and could mean we see further adaptations if The Snowman is successful! Read More

Disney to Adapt A Wrinkle in Time: First Trailer Here

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A Wrinkle in Time is a true American classic and always gets lots and lots of mentions when we’re asking you for your favourite books. The novel, the first in a quintet by Madeleine L’Engle was almost never published, refused many times in the early 1960s because it dealt with difficult themes, because it had a female protagonist, and because publishers couldn’t really define it as either a children’s book, or an adult one. However, it seems the publishers were wrong because it’s a much loved classic today, never out of print and already the subject of a television movie. Read More

Epic Rap Battle: Gandalf Vs Dumbledore

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Anyone who’s a regular here at For Reading Addicts will know that we LOVE the Epic Rap Battles of History, a video series featuring famous and literary characters from history. We’ve featured several of these rap battles on the page and today we have the ultimate in wizardry with the Gandalf Vs Dumbledore, Epic Rap Battle!

It’s a little over two minutes of hilarity, who has the best beard, who has the best friends? Watch and laugh and then you decide, who won the epic rap battle! Read More

Goodbye Christopher Robin Movie to Bring Pooh Magic to Life

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Anyone who knows anything about Winnie the Pooh knows that Christopher Robin was a real person. Christopher Robin Milne was the son of Pooh author A.A Milne and the child and his toys served as his inspiration for the original Pooh stories.

Now a movie, Goodbye Christopher Robin is to tell the story of his life and the creation of the bear loved the world over. You can expect a certain amount of romanticising from the movie, Christopher himself is documented as saying the Pooh stories blighted his life, but even knowing that it’s hard to imagine he didn’t have the most magical childhood. Read More

Listen to George R.R. Martin Explain Why We Love Fantasy

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Fantasy is one of the most popular genres in literature, and it’s not hard to see why. Writers like J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, and Terry Pratchett have taken us on journeys and adventures we could never have imagined. We’ve celebrated Bilbo Baggins’ 111th birthday in the Shire, we’ve had snowball fights in Narnia, played Quidditch at Hogwarts, and lived upon a turtle’s back in Discworld. Fantasy allows us to escape our normal lives and live out the dreams we had as children. Read More

Bob Dylan Finally Delivered his Nobel Lecture and you can listen to it

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In late 2016, it was announced that singer/songwriter Bob Dylan had been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. His winning of the award caused a slight stir among some bibliophiles whilst others argued his soulful lyrics were worthy of such a prize. Things were further complicated when it was revealed that Dylan had ignored the academy’s attempts to contact him. Read More

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Harry Potter Prequel Voldemort: Origins of the Heir Takes Fan-Fic to the Big Screen

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When we stumbled upon the Facebook page for Voldemort: Origins of the Heir this week we assumed it was the build up for the second Fantastic Beasts film. Rowling has already confirmed that the series will encompass the fight between Grindenwald and Dumbledore, expanding on much of the back-story for the book. However, further research tells us that this new Voldemort prequel isn’t part of the franchise at all, it’s actually fan-fiction and the first trailer is out! Read More

Honouring Douglas Adams with Towel Day on the 25th of May!

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Happy Towel Day, Reading Addicts!

In case you didn’t know, Towel Day is a celebration that happens every year on the 25th of May, as a tribute to the late author Douglas Adams who died in May, 2001.

On this day, fans around the universe honour him by carrying a towel, reading his novels, and generally spreading the word about the great man.

Fans of Adams’ work, and in particular The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, started this celebration 2 weeks after Douglas died in 2001, and since then many of us have been honouring him in our own ways…

An Italian Orchestra- the Magister Espresso Orchestra– produced this beautiful video as a tribute to Adams, for Towel Day.

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