Emma Restall Orr

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Emma Restall Orr
Other namesBobcat
Known forThe Druid Network, Kissing The Hag and Living Druidry

Emma Restall Orr (born 1965) is a British neo-druid, animist, priest, poet, and author.[not verified in body]


Restall Orr worked for the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids in the early 1990s, becoming an Ovate tutor.[citation needed] 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.[peacock term][1][page needed] Feeling the system of Orders too limiting,[according to whom?] Restall Orr created The Druid Network in 2002,[2] which was officially launched at Imbolc in 2003.[3] In 2004, she founded the organization, Honouring the Ancient Dead.


Since the late 1990s Restall Orr has organised the largest annual gatherings of Druids and those interested in Druidry,[citation needed] first at The Awen Camp with Philip Shallcrass,[citation needed] then at The Druid Camp since 2001 (with Mark Graham).[citation needed]

Media attention[edit]

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.[citation needed] A resume of Emma Restall Orr's media work is provided online, by her agent.[4][self-published source?]

Personal life[edit]

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


In English:

  • Spirits of the Sacred Grove (Thorsons, 1998) (Reprinted in 2001 as Druid Priestess) ISBN 0-7225-3596-1
  • Thorsons Principles of Druidry (Thorsons, 1999) ISBN 0-7225-3674-7
  • Ritual: A Guide to Life, Love and Inspiration (Thorsons, 2000) ISBN 0-7225-3970-3
  • First Directions – Druidry (Thorsons, 2000) ISBN 0-00-710336-0
  • A Druid Director,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) ISBN 0-7499-2497-7
  • The Ethics of Paganism: The Value and Power of Sacred Relationship, chapter contributed (Llewellyn, 2005)[full citation needed]
  • Pagan Visions, joint editor[who?] (Llewellyn, 2005)
  • The Apple and the Thorn, with Bill Melnyk (Thoth, 2007)
  • Living with Honour: A Pagan Ethics (O Books, April 2008) ISBN 978-184694094-1
  • 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)

The closing ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics included text from a 1997 Gorsedd ritual[clarification needed] written by Emma Restall Orr and Philip Shallcrass.[5]

In other than English:

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

Further reading[edit]

  • Christina Odone 2012 perspective in The Daily Telegraph.[6]
  • Joan Bakewell 2010 interview at BBC Radio 3.[7]
  • Chas S. Clifton 2009 review of Living with Honour: A Pagan Ethics.[8]
  • Restal Orr 2006 conference paper, given at Manchester Museum.[9]
  • Harvey McGavin interview, 2004, in The Guardian.[10]


  1. ^ Ronald Hutton, 2006, "Witches, Druids and King Arthur," Bloomsbury, PAGE NUMBERS, ISBN 185285555X.[page needed]
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ "Puttick Agency - Emma Restall Orr". Puttick.com. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Druid Liturgy in Paralympics Closing Ceremony". The Wild Hunt. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  6. ^ "It's beyond belief to teach witchcraft". Telegraph.co.uk. 16 April 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  7. ^ "BBC Radio 3 - Belief, Emma Restall Orr". BBC. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Letter from Hardscrabble Creek". Chasclifton.com. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  9. ^ "HUMAN REMAINS: THE ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF SANCTITY" (PDF). Museum.manchester.ac.uk. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  10. ^ "This much I know". the Guardian. Retrieved 22 November 2014.

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