The Swedish Academy has issued an updated response to Bob Dylan's decision not to collect his Nobel Prize for Literature in person.

The Academy, which awards the prestigious annual prize, said in a statement earlier this week that the iconic musician had confirmed he would be absent from the ceremony on December 10.

The statement said that Dylan had written a personal letter explaining that "pre-existing commitments" had prevented him from attending.

The Academy added: "We look forward to Bob Dylan’s Nobel Lecture, which he must give – it is the only requirement – within six months counting from December 10, 2016."

But today the Academy issued a new statement. "The Swedish Academy has decided not to organize an alternative plan for the Nobel Lecture traditionally held on December 7th," it reads.

"There is a chance that Bob Dylan will be performing in Stockholm next year, possibly in the spring, in which case he will have a perfect opportunity to deliver his lecture. We will post more information as soon as we have it."