Two of the most talked about non-fiction books of the year, Lucia Osborne-Crowley’s I Choose Elena and Ellena Savage’s Blueberries both interrogate what it means to make one’s way through the world as a woman, within its structures of power and oppression. Ellena’s blend of personal essay, polemic, prose poetry, true-crime journalism and confession, Blueberries, considers class and capitalism versus art and freedom; faith versus materiality; place in terms of travel, dwelling and belonging; and the effects of trauma. In her searingly powerful memoir I Choose Elena Lucia explores how trauma affects the body, bringing to our attention its cyclical, intergenerational nature. She highlights how trauma intersects with deeply held beliefs about the credibility of women, and how it is played out again and again in the fabric of our cultures, governments, judicial systems and relationships. Join these two exciting young Australian authors as they discuss their work with Maeve Marsden.

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 I Choose Elena is available online from Allen and Unwin and Blueberries is available from Gleebooks. 


Lucia Osborne-Crowley (Australian)

Lucia Osborne-Crowley

Lucia Osborne-Crowley is a writer and journalist. Her news reporting and literary work has appeared in Granta, The Sunday Times, HuffPost UK, Guardian UK, ABC News, Meanjin, The Lifted Brow and others. Lucia works as a staff reporter for Law360. I Choose Elena is her first book. She lives in London and is working on her second book, which will be published in 2020.

Ellena Savage (Australian)

Ellena Savage

Ellena Savage is an Australian author whose work examines the unbreakable nexus of intimate and public, and can be read in Sydney Review of Books, The Paris Review Daily, Meanjin, Cordite, and The Lifted Brow, of which she is a former editor. Ellena has a PhD in Creative Writing with a focus on feminist literary criticism and the contemporary essay, and is a 2019-2021 Marten Bequest Travelling Scholar. Blueberries is her debut essay collection.

Maeve Marsden (Australian)

Maeve Marsden

Maeve Marsden is a writer and theatremaker. She’s a 2020 Phillip Parsons fellow at Belvoir Theatre, and has written and performed in a number of critically acclaimed theatre productions, touring Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Maeve curates national storytelling project Queerstories, and her writing has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, Guardian Australia, Junkee and Archer Magazine, among others.