Dylan has written thank-you speech for Nobel banquet

STOCKHOLM: Rock legend Bob Dylan, the 2016 Nobel Literature Laureate, will play a part at the upcoming award ceremony despite his absence, organisers said on Monday.
US singer Patti Smith was to perform Dylan’s song A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall at Saturday’s award ceremony in Stockholm’s Concert Hall, the Nobel Foundation said.
A presentation of Dylan and his work will also be given at the award ceremony in the Concert Hall, said Jonna Petterson of the foundation.
The presentation will be made by Horace Engdahl, a member of the Swedish Academy that October 13 cited the 75-year-oldsinger-songwriter for creating “new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”
No one was, however, to accept Dylan’s prize in his absence at the award ceremony, she told dpa.
Dylan has also provided a thank-you speech that will be read at the banquet at the Stockholm City Hall held after the ceremony.
The banquet — attended by the laureates and their guests, the Swedish royal family, members of government, parliament, business and academia  — is one of the top events on the Swedish social calendar,and broadcast live on television. The menu is kept secret until the about 1,300 guests are seated.
The foundation, which manages the endowment from industrialist and dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel who created the Nobel prizes, did not reveal who would read Dylan’s thank-you speech.
Dylan in November notified the Academy he would not be able to attend the award ceremony “due to pre-existing commitments.”
Details were still pending about when Dylan can give his Nobel lecture, the Academy’s Permanent Secretary Sara Danius said in an e-mail to dpa on Monday.
The other laureates in the fields of medicine, physics, chemistry and economics were this week to give their lectures in Stockholm, a condition to receive the award money worth 8 million kronor ($930,000). — dpa