Warwick University have been decent enough to award me an honorary DLitt, which I’ll accept in January. At that time, I don’t doubt, my so-called friends will distribute plenty of incriminating photographs of the hat and gown. Luckily, the acceptance speech has to be short. What do you say? “This is the last thing I expected.” It actually is. Anyway, in case I decide to read three minutes of self-composed Dadaist verse instead, I’d like to thank everyone at Warwick in advance. I’m unfamiliar with everything academic, so this feels like a really quite strange, surprising gift, genuinely unlooked-for; I’m touched and grateful.
Congratulations, hope it doesn’t come with any onerous duties.
Congratulations, Daktari. Actually, a better gong than a knighthood.
Congratulations Mike Harrison: more than well deserved.
Congratulations, Dr. Mike. We look forward to your rendition of “All Along the Watchtower” as the acceptance speech.
A most deserved honour, but only in the context of it being strange and rare, much like the work it is honouring. Most will never be aware this sort of accolade exists but the important thing is that this award might shed a little light on one of the greatest living writers in the English language. That can only be a good thing.
Get on that Dadaist Hobby Horse and rant if you want. Now is not the time to start complying with formal expectations. Meanwhile, thank you for representing those of us who honour you in other ways.