Bob Dylan.
It was announced earlier this week that Dylan wouldn't be picking up his award in December. Credit: Vince Bucci/AP

Dylan likely to come to Stockholm next year, Swedish Academy says

Permanent Secretary: Fun to hear a performance of any kind
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Bob Dylan, the winner of this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature, is likely to travel to Stockholm next year and might hold his Nobel lecture then, the Swedish Academy has said.

Earlier this week it was announced that the songwriter would not be coming to Stockholm in December to pick up his prize due to pre-existing commitments.

It is a requirement for Nobel winners to give a lecture in order to receive their prize money of 8 million kronor, and Dylan will have six months from December 10th to do his.

The Academy said it is likely Dylan will be performing in Stockholm next year “possibly in the spring, in which case he will have a perfect opportunity to deliver his lecture”.

Sara Danius, the Academy’s Permanent Secretary, told Swedish Radio Dylan had flexibility about how he could perform his lecture, saying it could take the form of a video or a performance.

“I hope that Bob Dylan will do what he wants to do,” she said. “It would be fantastic if he wanted to make a speech, as he has done before. He is an intellectual person who is good at describing his work and influences. It would be just as fun to hear a performance of any kind.”

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