Emma Restall Orr

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Emma Restall Orr
Nationality English
Other names Bobcat
Known for The Druid Network, Kissing The Hag and Living Druidry

Emma Restall Orr (born 1965) is a British neo-druid, animist, priest, poet and author . She worked for the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids in the early 1990s, becoming an Ovate tutor. In 1993 she became joint chief of the British Druid Order (BDO) staying until 2002.[citation needed] Together with the Order founder Philip Shallcrass, she developed the BDO into one of the largest and most influential of its time.[1] Feeling the system of Orders too limiting, in 2002 she created The Druid Network,[2] which was officially launched at Imbolc 2003.[3]

Since the late 1990s she has organised the largest annual gatherings of Druids and those interested in Druidry, first at The Awen Camp with Philip Shallcrass, then since 2001 The Druid Camp with Mark Graham. In 2004 she founded Honouring the Ancient Dead.[4]

Over the course of her life in Druidry she has been on numerous television and radio programmes in Britain and around the world, featured and quoted in the print media and on the internet.[5]

The closing ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics included text from a 1997 Gorsedd ritual written by Emma Restall Orr and Philip Shallcrass.[6]

She is daughter of Robin Restall, renowned ornithologist, writer and artist. Her brother is Matthew Restall, history professor and writer.


  • Spirits of the Sacred Grove Thorsons, 1998) (Reprinted in 2001 as Druid Priestess)
  • Thorsons Principles of Druidry (Thorsons, 1999)
  • Ritual : A Guide to Life, Love and Inspiration (Thorsons, 2000)
  • First Directions – Druidry (Thorsons, 2000)
  • A Druid Directory written with Philip Shallcrass (British Druid Order, 2001)
  • Druidry : Rekindling the Sacred Fire written with Philip Shallcrass (British Druid Order, 2002)
  • Living Druidry : Magical Spirituality for the Wild Soul (Piatkus, 2004)
  • The Ethics of Paganism : The Value and Power of Sacred Relationship chapter contributed plus joint editor of Pagan Visions (Llewellyn, 2005)
  • The Apple and the Thorn written with Bill Melnyk (Thoth, 2007)
  • Living with Honour : A Pagan Ethics (O Books, April 2008)
  • Kissing the Hag : The Dark Goddess and the Unacceptable Nature of Woman (O Books, October 2008)
  • The Wakeful World : Animism, Mind and the Self in Nature (Moon Books, November 2012)

Other Than in English:

  • Druidismo (Armenia, Milan 1999)
  • Druidismo (Hi Brasil, São Paulo 2000)
  • Ritual (Hi Brasil, São Paulo 2000) Druidenweisheit (Urania, Germany 2001)


  1. ^ 'Witches, Druids and King Arthur', by Ronald Hutton ISBN 1-85285-555-X
  2. ^ Profile on the Druid Network website – http://druidnetwork.org/profiles/people/emma_restall-orr.html
  3. ^ further details in an interview – http://www.avalonia.co.uk/books/author_interviews/bobcat_interview.htm
  4. ^ website for HAD http://www.honour.org.uk
  5. ^ A resume of Emma Restall Orr's media work provided online by her agent http://www.puttick.com/Restall-orr.htm
  6. ^ British Druid Order website, September 9th 2012. BDO Druidry Goes Global in the Paralympics Closing Ceremony

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