12 Steps From Genius
Friday 25 May, 6pm
In Association with Writers’ Centre Norwich
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Can success really be found in the bottom of a glass? Based on Leslie Jamison’s personal and profound book The Recovering: Intoxication and its Aftermath, this event will centre on a performance in the form of a fictional twelve-step meeting with depictions of writers including Stephen King, Jean Rhys, and David Foster Wallace.
Raw, honest, humbling and even humorous – 12 Steps explores the inner workings of some of our greatest 20th-century writers, how they walk the fine line between genius and dysfunction, and how often, the recovery is more gripping than the addiction.
Praise for The Recovering:
‘An honest and important book . . . Vivid writing and required reading.’ Stephen King
‘Perceptive and generous-hearted . . . Uncompromising . . . Jamison is a writer of exacting grace.’ Washington Post
Venue: Literature Tent
Assisted performances: BSL interpreted and Captioned
Duration: c. 1 hour
Leslie Jamison is the New York Times bestselling author of The Recovering: Intoxication and its Aftermath and The Empathy Exams, as well as a novel, The Gin Closet. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, The Atlantic, Oxford American, Virginia Quarterly Review, and the New York Times Magazine, where she is a contributing writer. She directs the graduate nonfiction program at Columbia University.
Essential companions: Any audience member requiring an essential carer/companion can get one free ticket. Relevant discounts or concessions still apply to the paid ticket.
In association with Writer’s Centre Norwich.
Co-commissioned and co-produced by Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Writers’ Centre Norwich in collaboration with Story Machine Productions.