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.


Restall Orr worked for the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids in the early 1990s, becoming an Ovate tutor.[1] In 1993 she became joint chief of the British Druid Order (BDO), staying until 2002.[2] Together with the Order founder Philip Shallcrass they continued to work on developing the BDO further[3] Following this Restall Orr went on to found The Druid Network in 2002,[4] which was officially launched at Imbolc in 2003.[5] In 2004, she founded the organization, Honouring the Ancient Dead.

Since the late 1990s Restall Orr has organised some of the largest annual gatherings of Druids and those interested in Druidry, first at The Awen Camp with Philip Shallcrass,[citation needed] then at The Druid Camp since 2001 (with Mark Graham).[6]

She is the author of numerous books regarding Druidic and pagan spirituality, pagan ritual, poetry and animism. Some of these works are collaborations between herself and BDO founder Philip Shallcrass.


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 For A Dustainable Future edited with Ly De Angeles and Thom Van Dooren (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 saw Rory MacKenzie recite parts of a 1997 Gorsedd ritual originally written by Emma Restall Orr and Philip Shallcrass.[7] in a declaration which was witnessed by an estimated audience of around 750 million people.[8]

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.[9]
  • Joan Bakewell 2010 interview at BBC Radio 3.[10]
  • Chas S. Clifton 2009 review of Living with Honour: A Pagan Ethics.[11]
  • Restal Orr 2006 conference paper, given at Manchester Museum.[12]
  • Harvey McGavin interview, 2004, in The Guardian.[13]


  1. ^ "An Interview With Emma Restall Orr". Henge of Keltria. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Emma Restall Orr Biography". emmarestallorr.org. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  3. ^ Ronald Hutton "Witches, Druids and King Arthur" Hambledon Continuum 15th July 2006 p256 ISBN 978-1852855550.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Emma Restall-Orr : Avalonia Author Interview". www.webarchive.org.uk. Archived from the original on 2 June 2007. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  6. ^ "A Potted History of Druid Camp". Druid Camp. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  7. ^ "Druid Liturgy in Paralympics Closing Ceremony". The Wild Hunt. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  8. ^ "BDO History". The British Druid Order. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  9. ^ "It's beyond belief to teach witchcraft". Telegraph.co.uk. 16 April 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  10. ^ "BBC Radio 3 - Belief, Emma Restall Orr". BBC. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  11. ^ "Letter from Hardscrabble Creek". Chasclifton.com. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  12. ^ "HUMAN REMAINS: THE ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF SANCTITY" (PDF). Museum.manchester.ac.uk. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  13. ^ "This much I know". the Guardian. Retrieved 22 November 2014.

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