Public Lectures, 2016/17

Jay Griffiths in Conversation: Tristimania

Thursday 24 November, 2016, 6pm, Lecture Theatre MX004

jay-griffithsNovelist and acclaimed writer Jay Griffiths reads from and discusses her latest book, Tristimania: A Diary of Manic Depression, in conversation with CTTR novelist, Professor Niall Griffiths.

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.


Past Public Lectures


Pauls Bankovskis (Novelist). Reading from and discussing his work.

Professor Thomas Docherty (Warwick University): ‘On critical responsibility and criminal irresponsibility: the managed university’.

Tracey Hill (Bath Spa University). ‘Strangers and aliens: immigrants in early modern London’.

Professor Francis O’Gorman (Leeds University), ‘Worrying: A Literary and Cultural History’

Adam Thorpe (Novelist). ‘Writing Out of the Past’

Catherine O’Flynn and James Hannah (Novelists). In conversation with Dr Paul McDonald.


Professor Niall Griffiths (University of Wolverhampton). Inaugural Professorial Lecture: ‘Paradise is on the end of your nose’.

Eimear McBride. Reading from A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing and Q&A.


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