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12 Steps From Genius

Friday 25 May, 6pm

Literature Tent

In Association with Writers’ Centre Norwich

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Tickets: £8

Book four or more events at the City of Literature Weekend and save £1.50 per ticket. Join us for all events across the weekend for £90 (save £46).

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

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Important information

Venue: Literature Tent

Assisted performances: BSL logo. Captioning logo. BSL interpreted and Captioned

Duration: c. 1 hour

Leslie Jamison

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.

Tickets

Tickets: £8

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.

Book four or more events at the City of Literature Weekend and save £1.50 per ticket. Join us for all events across the weekend for £90 (save £46).

In association with Writer’s Centre Norwich.

Writers' Centre Norwich logo. Norwich City of Literature Logo

Co-commissioned and co-produced by Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Writers’ Centre Norwich in collaboration with Story Machine Productions.