Bob Dylan to “provide” a speech for Nobel prize ceremony

The Nobel banquet in Stockholm will take place on Saturday (December 10)

The Nobel Prize organisers have announced that Bob Dylan will “provide” a speech for the ceremony on Saturday (December 10) where he will be awarded his Nobel Prize for Literature.

Dylan was first awarded the honour as this year’s laureate in literature back on October 13, but appeared to be unwilling to publicly acknowledge the prize for over two weeks – not after he deleted a mention of the prize on his website and was labelled “impolite” and “arrogant” over his apparent snub. However, in an interview with The Daily Telegraph on October 28, Dylan finally broke his silence by saying it was “an amazing [and] incredible” honour.

The official Twitter feed for The Nobel Prize today confirmed that Dylan will be involved in the ceremony in Stockholm on Saturday, but that he will “provide” a speech rather than deliver the customary “lecture on a subject connected with the work for which the prize has been awarded.” Typically, the lecture is meant to be delivered within six months of the prize being awarded.

See the Nobel Prize’s tweet below.

It is unclear who will read the speech that Dylan has provided, but it is hoped that he will attend the ceremony in person – he told the Telegraph in that rare interview in Ooctober that he was planning to attend, “if at all possible.”