6.45pm Reception, 7.15pm Dinner in Christ Church Hall. £120 (includes reception, dinner, wines and signed copy of William Dalrymple’s Nine Lives). Dress Code – Black Tie.
Bestselling historian and travel writer William Dalrymple is the speaker for our closing festival dinner in the fantastic surroundings of Christ Church.
Dinner will be in the Great Hall of Christ Church, a college that has inspired many writers including Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll, or Charles Dodgson as he was known in college. The college continues to inspire today, the Great Hall being the model for Hogwart’s Hall in the Harry Potter movies. The evening’s food will be prepared by Christ Church executive chef Chris Simms and his team.
Following dinner, Dalrymple will talk about his book Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India. It was Dalrymple’s first travel book in a decade and it explores, through nine different lives, how traditional forms of religious life in South Asia have been transformed by rapid change.
Dalrymple is a multi-award-winning historian, travel writer and broadcaster famed for the narrative skill he has brought to his bestselling works including In Xanadu; City of Djinns; From the Holy Mountains; The Age of Kali; White Mughals; and The Return of a King. He also appears at another festival event to talk about The Return of a King.