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William Dalrymple on the Jaipur Literature Festival

Audio of interview with William Dalrymple on the 2013 Jaipur Literature Festival

Peter Griffin
Updated: Feb 8, 2013 06:32:37 AM UTC

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Just after the Jaipur Literature Festival's last on-stage event (and a little before the grand 'Writers' Ball' at Amber Fort, where the attendees, and some invitees from Jaipur, all let their hair down a little), I chatted with William Dalrymple, who, besides being a well-known writer and historian, is co-director of the Festival. His portfolio is to bring in the foreign authors (Namita Gokhale, his co-director, brings in the Indian component, and Sanjoy Roy and Sheuli Sethi of Teamwork Productions are the producers).

We asked William how he thought the 2013 festival had panned out, and what the plans were for the years ahead (and took a brief digression on the way to talk about JLF 2012). Here's the audio. (It's a few seconds over 21 minutes long.)

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