Bob Dylan could give Nobel Prize lecture next year

The legendary singer-songwriter might give an acceptance speech in person after all

Bob Dylan could deliver his Nobel Prize acceptance speech next spring, according to a representative for the Swedish committee.

The media-shy singer-songwriter was announced as the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in October but did not publicly acknowledge the honour for over two weeks. He later confirmed he wouldn’t be able to attend the ceremony due to other commitments.

Dylan was introduced by Professor Horace Engdahl of the Swedish Academy and Patti Smith performed ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’ accompanied by an orchestra in his stead at Saturday’s ceremony in Stockholm. Watch her performance here.

In order to receive the award, including the $870,000 (£691,763) prize, he must give a lecture within six months from December 10.

Sara Danius, permanent secretary and member of the Swedish Academy, said that Dylan will have a “perfect opportunity” to fulfil his obligation during a Swedish tour next year, Reuters reports. The American singer is playing in Stockholm on April 1 and 2 and in Lund in southern Sweden on April 9.

Dylan sent a written message to the Swedish Academy on Saturday, thanking them for the award and apologising for his absence.

“I’m sorry I can’t be with you in person, but please know that I am most definitely with you in spirit and honored to be receiving such a prestigious prize,” he said in a speech read by Azita Raji, the U.S. ambassador to Sweden, at the Nobel banquet.