Bolton Lecture: William Dalrymple - Cashel Arts Festival 2023

William Dalrymple – ‘The Privatised Imperialists’

Date: Saturday, 16th September
Time: 7pm-8pm. Followed by Q&A and book signing
Venue: St. John the Baptist Cathedral, John Street
Cost: €15

We are delighted to welcome William Dalrymple to Cashel to deliver the 7th annual Bolton Lecture.

200 years of tumultuous colonial history are contained within the pages of historian William Dalrymple’s four books, which make up his East India Company Quartet: The Anarchy, White Mughals, Return of a King and The Last Mughal.

This talk is to celebrate a new box set of Dalrymple’s 20-year project, he explains the Mughal Empire’s replacement by the first global corporate power, the East India Company.

William Dalrymple is the bestselling author of the Wolfson Prize-winning ‘White Mughals’, ‘The Last Mughal’ – which won the Duff Cooper Prize, and the Hemingway and Kapucinski Prize-winning ‘Return of a King’. His most recent book, ‘The Anarchy’, was shortlisted for the Duke of Wellington medal, the Tata Book of the Year and the Historical Writers Association Award. It was a finalist for the Cundill Prize for History and won the 2020 Arthur Ross Medal from the US Council on Foreign Relations.

Dalrymple has been awarded five honorary doctorates, and is a visiting fellow of All Soul’s, Oxford. In 2018, he was presented with the prestigious President’s Medal by the British Academy and was named one of the world’s top 50 thinkers for 2020 by Prospect. He is a founder and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival.