Dylan became the first songwriter to be awarded the literature prize in October (16), and the Swedish Academy officials praised him for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".

However, it took five days for the 75-year-old to acknowledge the achievement, and he wrote to the Nobel committee members to tell them he would not attend the prizegiving.

Fellow musician Patti Smith honoured Dylan with an emotional rendition of his legendary song A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall at the ceremony on Saturday (10Dec16).

Now, Dylan has scheduled a gig in the country in April (17), when he expected to officially accept his historic accolade.

He opened up about how surprised he was to be awarded the Nobel Prize in his speech, which was read out at the annual awards dinner by the U.S. ambassador to Sweden, Azita Raji, calling it "something I never could have imagined or seen coming".

He likened himself to writer William Shakespeare, stating, "Like Shakespeare, I too am often occupied with the pursuit of my creative endeavours and dealing with all aspects of life's mundane matters: 'Who are the best musicians for these songs? Am I recording in the right studio? Is this song in the right key?' Some things never change, even in 400 years.

"Not once have I ever had the time to ask myself, 'Are my songs literature?' So, I do thank the Swedish academy, both for taking the time to consider that very question and ultimately, for providing such a wonderful answer."

Dylan will also have to return to Sweden next year (17) to give his Nobel Prize Lecture.