Dubbed a "master storyteller" by The Independent, William Dalrymple is a renowned historian, bestselling author, essayist, curator, and co-founder and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival, the largest literary festival in the world. The author of nine books, including In Xanadu, Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India, and most recently, Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan, Dalrymple documents journeys across continents and centuries, exposing intricate interplays between culture, religion, and politics, while unearthing riveting, first-person accounts of complex historical events with respect and a deep humanity. His artistry and writing have been described as "clear-eyed, non-judgmental, sober history, beautifully told" by The Guardian.
Dalrymple's work has been re-imagined as exhibition as well as in performance on stage, radio, and television, through collaborations with musicians, singers, dancers, and storytellers. A frequent broadcaster who has produced three TV documentaries and a regular contributor to The Guardian, The New York Review of Books, and The New Yorker, Dalrymple resides with his family on a farm outside Delhi, India. In April of 2015, he visited the Center and presented on his process as a transdisciplinary researcher and writer, discussing the relationship between ideas and cultural practice.