Irish rocker Bono has hailed his literary countryman SAMUEL BECKETT as "mind-blowing", insisting he is one of the playwright's biggest fans. The U2 frontman was speaking ahead of a string of events to mark the centenary of the WAITING FOR GODOT creator's birth, and revealed he shares a unique link to the stage genius. He said, "I gave (an album) to him, I'm not sure he ever listened to it, but that is my connection. I am very proud he had a copy of THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE." He adds, "I've read most of his works, I'm a fan. I don't know what he's on about half the time but I have enjoyed not knowing. "He blew my mind, that is all I can say. He shrank language, minimalist, all that stuff. It is great that he's Irish." The Beckett Centenary Festival in Dublin Castle runs throughout April (06) and will include the staging of Beckett's plays, poetry and prose readings, film screenings, as well as television and radio productions.