Roderick Walcott

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  • Ian Munro (Wuhan University)

Roderick Walcott, West Indian playwright and theatre director, was born in St. Lucia on January 23, 1930 to Alix and Warwick Walcott. After Warwick’s death in 1931, Alix, a teacher, raised Roderick, his twin brother, poet and playwright Derek Walcott, and their older sister Pamela, alone, instilling in them a love of literature and art. In the 1950s, with his brother and friends, Roderick started the St. Lucia Arts guild, considered the mainspring of a dramatic tradition which has continued with playwrights Stanley French and Allan Weekes.

Roderick Walcott spent much of his creative life working in the arts in St. Lucia. With Charles Cadet, he wrote some of St. Lucia’s most popular songs. He was a literary …

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Citation:
Munro, Ian. "Roderick Walcott". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 November 2010
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