Bob Dylan to attend Nobel Prize ceremony 'if it's at all possible'
Bob Dylan is the first songwriter to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Photograph: (Getty)
Nobel Literature Prize winner Bob Dylan plans to attend the prize winners' banquet in Stockholm in December, an interview published in the British newspaper Daily Telegraph reported.
US singer-songwriter Bob Dylan said the Nobel Prize left him "speechless", a statement published by The Nobel Foundation said.
“I appreciate the honour so much,” he told Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy. The foundation also said they were not sure if the singer planned to attend "any events during the Nobel Week in Stockholm in December".
Daily Telegraph, however, reported that Dylan said, "Absolutely. If it's at all possible," when asked if he would attend the event on December 10.
"It's hard to believe," the US singer-songwriter told Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper. "Whoever dreams about something like that?"
Dylan won the Nobel Literature Prize "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition" on October 13.
The music legend had been silent since the award was announced last Thursday. The academy member, Swedish writer Per Wastberg, accused Dylan of being "impolite and arrogant", and said it was "unprecedented" that the academy did not know if Dylan intended to pick up his award, AFP said.
(With inputs from AFP)