Interference has received a press release from Librex Montale stating Bono has won the "Poetry for Music" prize for 2003.
Here is an excerpt from the announcement:
The U2’s leader Bono Vox has been awarded the « Poetry for music » section of the Librex Montale International Poetry Prize. The Prize has come to his 15th edition, 21st year. This is the 6th edition of the “Poetry for music” section.
Bono Vox has been recognised as a poet for the lyrics of his songs. Actually, the ”Poetry for music” section was included in the Librex Montale Prize in order to give recognition to lyrics composed for music.
The distribution of prizes will take place on Monday, the 28th of April 2003 at the Teatro Nuovo of Milan.
From 1991 to 2001 the prize has been awarded to Paolo Conte (1991), Francesco Guccini (’92), Lucio Dalla (’93), Franco Battiato (2000) et Bob Dylan (2001).
This is the first International edition of the Prize. Since 2003 the Librex Montale prize has been associated with several leading foreign institutions and universities like: Printemps des Poètes, Poetry Book Society; Eigse Eireann Ireland; PEN Club Germany, Serbia,Monaco,Russia ;Cesky Literarni Fond; Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Princeton University; Hungarian Writers Association; Villa Decius Cracovie; Ministère de la Communauté Française Belgique; Schule für Dichtung in Wien.
U2 to play Secret Lou Reed Gig?
According to rumours in the press U2 are to perform a secret gig in Dublin alongside singing legend Lou Reed in the new Helix Theatre at DCU.
Lou Reed is due to play the Helix Theatre on May 5th and rumblings in papers suggest that Bono and the lads might link up with the singer / songwriter for a version of Satellite of Love.
In the past Lou Reed has accompanied Bono, via VT, on Satellite of Love during U2's Zoo TV Tour.
It now seems that Bono plans to return the gesture which is maybe why Reed chose the state-of-the-art Helix theatre.
Well here's hoping!