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Nobel Laureate Week

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How about this for a fact: per capita, St Lucia has more Nobel laureates than any other country. Derek Walcott won the Literature prize in 1992, while Arthur Lewis won for Economics in 1979. The islanders are enormously proud of this achievement and a week is set aside every January to celebrate all things cultural.

Kicking off on January 23 – the birth date of both Walcott and Lewis – the celebration consists of two major lectures, panel discussions, plays, poetry, drama and music. School children are also heavily involved. The week attracts visitors from all over the Caribbean, and often entices luminaries from the world of literature, including poet Seamus Heaney and the late, great playwright Arthur Miller. If you’re after a bit of culture in the Caribbean, make sure you head for St Lucia in January.