So the furore has died down now and we’ve all got over the shock of Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize for Literature Award. The mainstream media has had its say and the general consensus is that Dylan is a genius (with a few notable exceptions from some outlets).
However, what we care about is what you readers think, after all it’s the general public who buy books, keep the book market buoyant and even to some extent decide the classics of the future, and so we asked our reading addicts in our group what they thought of the whole thing.
Most of you were agreed that Bob Dylan’s lyrics are clever, thought provoking and fantastic, but despite that 63% of you thought that while he is brilliant, he doesn’t create literature. So while you thought that Dylan probably deserves a prize of some kind, you didn’t think that prize should be the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Just 17% of you agreed with the mainstream media, stating that of course Dylan should have won the prize because his lyrics transcend musicality and what he writes should definitely be considered literature.
Those figures together do show at least that Bob Dylan is an icon of our times with 80% of you thinking he’s notable, and fantastic, even if you didn’t believe he should hold the literature prize.
Of the smaller voting sections, 10% of you just don’t get him, or his lyrics and you think he’s absolutely terrible and not worthy of any prize at all. Another 5% answered ‘Bob who?’, and that really speaks for itself. The remaining 4% of votes go to people who just don’t think it’s important either way and that the award is pretty insignificant.
What did come through in our discussion is that many of you are big fans of the artist, but even those people who are big fans, didn’t necessarily think the Nobel Prize was the right award.
There’s no changing the prize, it’s won and done, and if nothing else Dylan will become one of the most notable winners in the history of the prize, just possibly not for the right reasons. We’d love to know what you think too, let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Anne Reardon from How To Cook That brings us her top ten books cakes of all time- as voted by her followers. She asked viewers to vote for their favourite book and after thousands of replies she tallied them up and ended up with a Top Ten Books list to include on her celebration cake.
The result is amazing! See how many well-loved books you can spot in the video below.
Jerry is best known for his literature written for teenagers and young adults, and has been lauded for his poetic and compassionate stories. He was awarded a Newbery Medal in 1991 for Maniac Magee.
Yeats used symbolism in his poetry, choosing and assembling words to give them meaning while suggesting significant abstract thought. His highly passionate poetry has inspired many fellow poets, writers, and creatives, including the lead singer of 20th century band The Cranberries, Dolores O’Riordan, who sadly passed away in January 2018. O’Riordan, a life-long Yeats fan, wrote Yeats’ Grave after she visited the place where he was buried.
O’Riordan was born and grew up in County Limerick, Ireland, and studied W.B. Yeats when she was at school. Speaking to Hot Press Magazine in 1994, Dolores expressed how her love for Yeats’ poetry felt at odds with the exam process, and vigorous analysis of the poetry.
Following his Lifetime Achievement Award presented to him by the Book Trust, author and illustrator Raymond Briggs spoke to BBC Newsnight. Newsnight’s culture correspondent Stephen Smith met Briggs at his cottage in Sussex for the interview below where he spoke as candidly as possible about his illustrations and the popularity that he gained.