The YourShelf Podcast
#12 Not Looking Away with Lucia Osborne-Crowley
Returning after a hiatus with episode twelve, Not Looking Away, YourShelf's chief curator Juliano Zaffino (Jay) chats over Zoom with Lucia Osborne-Crowley to discuss her new book My Body Keeps Your Secrets and her 2019 memoir I Choose Elena. Together they explore writing trauma and its legacies, and the importance of not looking away from the pain and suffering of ourselves and others.
- CONTENT WARNING: This episode touches on subjects of sexual assault/rape, trauma, and physical and mental illness. Please use your discretion when listening. If you are affected by any of the issues discussed in this episode, reach out to helplines or charities such as Rape Crisis, Survivors UK, Women's Aid, Mind, Mental Health Foundation, CALM, or any other organisation you might know of or prefer.
- Please note that due to recording this episode over Zoom, there are some slight background noises we couldn't control throughout the episode, particularly around 44mins in and onwards.
- Special thank you to our new Sound Editor Toby Ollis-Brownstone for coming on board The YourShelf Podcast team!
The YourShelf Podcast is back from hiatus! In the twelfth episode of The YourShelf Podcast, Not Looking Away, our chief curator Juliano Zaffino (Jay) sits down with writer Lucia Osborne-Crowley to discuss her new book My Body Keeps Your Secrets, and her 2019 memoir I Choose Elena. For full show notes, see here: https://podcast.yourshelf.uk/episodes/12.
Thanks for listening, and thanks to Lucia for such a galvanising conversation!
- Jay quizzes Lucia on her bookshelves, the books that made her, the book she would live in, and her dream podcast guest.
- Lucia discusses the legacy of trauma both personally and socially, and how that shaped her writing career through her first two books, I Choose Elena (2019) and My Body Keeps Your Secrets (2021). They discuss the practice of writing a book utilising personal experience and over a hundred interviews, as well as legacies of trauma and ideas of accountability (individual and systemic), "the gift of language", and the importance of not looking away from the pain and suffering of ourselves and others.
- Jay wraps up the interview by asking Lucia about her future projects and upcoming books she's excited about.
- Lucia closes with a reading from My Body Keeps Your Secrets.
- Thanks for listening and tune in again soon for (lucky) Episode Thirteen!