On May 12th, 1993, the John Adams Institute hosted poet Derek Walcott. He is a Saint Lucian poet and playwright who won the Nobel Peace Prize for Literature in 1992, making him the first Caribbean author to receive this honor. His major works include Omeros, Dream on Monkey Mountain and White Egrets. He lectured on his own work, and moderaters Jan Eijkelboom and English Language professor Herman Wekker led a general discussion with the audience. During his stay in the Netherlands he also taught masterclasses in creative writing at De Nieuw Amsterdam.
He is currently Professor of Poetry at University of Essex. His work his strongly influenced by T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound and spirituality also plays a major role in his writings.