Nobel panel signals desire for Dylan song at ceremony

Bob Dylan opened his 'True Confessions Tour' in the San Diego Sports Arena on June 10, 1986. (AP)

The Swedish Academy said on Saturday that Bob Dylan is not obliged to attend the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm, but is required to hold some sort of lecture or even sing a song.

Dylan could provide anything from a short speech, a performance, a video broadcast -- or even a song, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, Sara Danius, told the public Swedish Radio.

“I hope he will do what he desires to do,” she said, adding that the academy will “do everything it can” to adapt the festivities to his wishes.

Dylan finally broke his silence on Friday, saying he plans to pick up his Nobel prize for literature in Stockholm on December 10.

Danius told TT news agency that Dylan was “humble, friendly and humorous” during a 15-minute phone conversation with him on Tuesday.

Dylan, whose lyrics have influenced generations of fans, is the first songwriter to win the literature prize.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52