In his epic poem “Omeros”, a retelling of the Odyssey in a Caribbean setting, Derek Walcott imagined that his father was named “in love or bitter benediction / … for Warwick. / The Bard’s county”. Warwick Walcott, the offspring of a white plantation-owner from Barbados, was a cultured man who painted, wrote poetry and organised theatrical evenings on the neighbouring island of St Lucia, where he had settled with his family. He died at the age of 34, when his son was just over a year old, on April 23, Shakespeare’s birthday.
Read James Campbell’s Guardian interview here.