Acclaimed novelist and writer Jay Griffiths reads from and discusses her latest book, Tristimania: A Diary of Manic Depression, in conversation with CTTR novelist Professor Niall Griffiths. The event will take place on Thursday, 24 November 2016, from 6:00 p.m. in the Lecture Theatre, MX004, at City Campus North, University of Wolverhampton. This event is free and open to the public.
Tristimania tells the story of a devastating year-long episode of manic depression, showing how the condition is at once terrifying and also profoundly creative, both tricking and treating the psyche. Griffiths explores its literary influence, including Shakespeare and Gerard Manley Hopkins, and also examines the Trickster role, tracing the mercuriality of manic depression through the character of Mercury.
About the Speaker:
Jay Griffiths was born in Manchester and studied English Literature at the University of Oxford. She is the author of Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time, for which she won the Discover award for the best new non-fiction writer to be published in the USA; Wild: An Elemental Journey, an evocation of the songlines of the earth, which won the inaugural Orion Book Award; Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape; and most recently Tristimania: A Diary of Manic Depression. Her fiction includes A Love Letter from a Stray Moon, about the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, and Anarchipelago, about the road protests. She has written for the comment and feature pages of The Guardian and has contributed to other publications including The Observer, the London Review of Books and Radiohead’s newspaper the Universal Sigh.