'We need to talk about Robert': how Simon Armitage sees Dylan's Nobel prize

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The Oxford professor poetry, Simon Armitage, will be giving his thoughts on Bob Dylan’s Nobel prize for literature in a lecture next month. Armitage lectures once a term during the four years of his tenure as Oxford professor; his lecture on Wednesday 8 March is titled: ‘ We Need To Talk About Robert: Bob Dylan and the Nobel Prize for Literature.’

Armitage has previously said that he had "come to Dylan through a series of recommendations and tips, nearly always from other writers. It was the poet Matthew Sweeney who first explained to me that Highway 61 Revisited and Bringing It All Back Home were the two albums I shouldn’t be able to exist without. And it was Glyn Maxwell who explained to me that the best of Dylan didn’t stop with Blood On The Tracks." 

The lecture will take place at 5.30pm at Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, and is free, on a first-come, first-served basis on the night. More details. You can listen to a previous Armitage Oxford lecture, 'Access all areas: Poetry and the Underworld', here

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