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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