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Orphia and Eurydicius by Elyse John – UK publication

March 28 @ 8:00 am - April 28 @ 5:00 pm

oprhia and eurydicius by elyse john

Exciting new Australian author Elyse John’s beautiful and heartfelt Greek myth retelling, Orphia and Eurydicius, will be published in the UK on 28 March. The book is dedicated to Elyse’s late brother. She explores grief with poetry and honesty – a truly healing story and an essential read for lovers of Greek Myth retellings.

About the book

 Orphia and Eurydicius is a Greek myth retelling with a gender reversal twist, offering a unique, sensitive and feminist interpretation of the tragic love story originally between Orpheus and Eurydice. Orphia is described as a strong and fearless warrior, as well as an eloquent and elegant poet, and Eurydicius is a pacifist and a kind and loving shield maker.

John’s poetry weaves beauty and depth into every line, making her the perfect writer to tell the story of Orphia, daughter of Apollo and Calliope, master of words and music and envied warrior. 

Her physical strength is contrasted by gentle Eurydicius – a refreshing exploration of gender norms and also an important challenge to societal beauty and body standards. Their love transcends gender and speaks to the core of what it means to love and to be loved. This book explores bisexuality and gender fluidity with positivity and inclusivity, making this title a necessary addition to LGBTQ+ literature. 

About the author

Elyse John is a writer and a poet. She studied literature, writing and French at university, completing a PhD. Her poetry nominations include the Pushcart Prize and several major Australian prizes. She has published a collection of poetry and her poems feature in journals in Australia, Europe, and Japan. Inspired by her late brother, she creates work in his memory. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.


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