Bob Dylan breaks silence on Nobel Prize honour
Breaking his silence after nearly two weeks since the announcement news that he was to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature this year, Bob Dylan finally called the Swedish Academy.
“The news about the Nobel Prize left me speechless,” he told Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy. “I appreciate the honour so much.”
On being asked whether he would accept the award, he said: “If I accept the prize? Of course.”
On 13 October, 2016, the Swedish Academy announced that this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature is awarded to Bob Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.
It has not yet been decided if Bob Dylan will attend any events during the Nobel Week in Stockholm in December.
The Nobel Foundation would share information as soon as it is available.
Since it was announced he had been chosen by the Swedish Academy to receive the Nobel, Dylan has made no public reference at all to it, save for a fleeting mention on his own website that was deleted within 24 hours.
More than that, he has also reportedly refused to pick up the phone to speak to representatives of the Nobel committee.
However, according to a news report in The Telegraph, he is planning to turn up to the awards ceremony in Stockholm. “Absolutely,” he reportedly said. “If it’s at all possible.”