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Sydney ART Talk – William Dalrymple

May 20, 2010

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Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation in partnership with Sydney Writers’ Festival presents William Dalrymple

  • Thursday 20 May 2010 6 pm for a 6.30 pm start
  • RSVP essential

Internationally acclaimed writer and historian William Dalrymple discussing ‘In Xanadu’ .  His epic journey in the footsteps of Marco Polo

William will be signing copies of his bestseller, In Xanadu, and his latest book, Nine Lives, which will be available for purchase on the night

SCAF Annexe
16-20 Goodhope Street, Paddington

RSVP essential
Thursday, 13 May 2010
info@sherman-scaf.org.au or 9331 1112

Seating is strictly limited Book early to reserve your seat

William will also host the Sydney Writers’ Festival’s performance of Nine Lives: An Evening of South Asian Sacred Music and Spiritual Transformation at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on Wednesday 19 May. For bookings please contact the Sydney Opera House Box Office – 02 9250 7777

William Dalrymple
William Dalrymple was born in Scotland and brought up on the shores of the Firth of Forth. He wrote his highly acclaimed bestseller In Xanadu when he was twenty-two years old. City of Djinns won the Travel Book Award and the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Award. The Age of Kali won the French Prix d’Astrolabe and White Mughals won the Wolfson Prize for History in 2003 and the Scottish Book of the Year Prize. The Last Mughal was longlisted for the BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize and won the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize. He lives with his wife and three children on a farm outside Delhi.

In Xanadu
At the age of twenty-two, William Dalrymple left his college in Cambridge to travel to the ruins of Kublai Khan’s stately pleasure dome in Xanadu. This is an account of a quest which took him and his companions across the width of Asia, along dusty forgotten roads, through villages and cities full of unexpected hospitality and wildly improbable escapades to Coleridge’s Xanadu itself. At once funny and knowledgeable, In Xanadu is in the finest tradition of British travel writing. Told with an exhilarating blend of eloquence, wit, poetry and delight, it is already established as a classic of its kind.

Nine Lives
Nine people, nine lives. Each one taking a different religious path, each one an unforgettable story. Exquisite and mesmerizing, and told with an almost biblical simplicity, William Dalrymple’s first travel book in a decade explores how traditional forms of religious life in South Asia have been transformed in the vortex of the region’s rapid change. Nine Lives is a distillation of twenty-five years of exploring India and writing about its religious traditions, taking you deep into worlds that you would never have imagined even existed.

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