Octavia Bright: This Ragged Grace


Tuesday 6th June 2023, 6:30pm, £5

Storysmith, 236 North Street, Bristol, BS3 1JD

She hosts one of our favourite podcasts and is used to interviewing all manner of literary superstars – now Octavia Bright joins us to talk about her stunning new memoir of recovery and renewal, This Ragged Grace. Appropriately, Octavia will be interviewed by Jack Young and Jessica Andrews of our partner podcast Tender Buttons for a very special live episode!

Tickets include a glass of wine. Pre-order your hardback copy of This Ragged Grace (rrp £16.99) for a special discounted price with your ticket, then collect on the night!

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About Octavia Bright

Octavia Bright is a writer and broadcaster. She co-hosts Literary Friction, the literary podcast and NTS Radio show, with Carrie Plitt. Recommended by the New York Times, Guardian, BBC Culture, Electric Literature, Sunday Times and others, it has run for ten years and has listeners worldwide. She has also presented programmes for BBC R4 including Open Book, and hosts literary events for bookshops, publishers, and festivals – such as Cheltenham Literature Festival and events for The Southbank Centre. Her writing has been published in a number of magazines including the White Review, Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, Wasafiri, Somesuch Stories, and the Sunday Times, amongst others. She has a PhD from the Spanish department at UCL where she wrote about hysteria and desire in Spanish cinema.

About This Ragged Grace

‘An extraordinary, electrifying book about loss, chaos, addiction and death, and the wild work of staying tender in the face of it’ OLIVIA LAING

‘The intelligence of the writing is a kind of grace in itself – light and deep and beautiful’ DEBORAH LEVY

A beautiful, brave, ideas-rich, open and electric reckoning – with addiction, loss, self and hope in your twenties and thirties

This Ragged Grace tells the story of Octavia’s journey through recovery from alcohol addiction, and the parallel story of her father’s descent into Alzheimer’s. Looking back over this time, each of the seven chapters explores the feelings and experiences of the corresponding year of her recovery, tracing the shift in emotion and understanding that comes with the deepening connection to this new way of life. Over the course of this seven-year period, life continues to unfold.

Paths are abandoned, people fall ill, waters get choppy, seemingly impossible things are navigated without the old fixes. As Octavia moves between London, the island of Stromboli, New York, Cornwall and Margate, each place offers something new but ultimately always delivers the same message: that wherever you go, you take yourself with you.

‘This Ragged Grace examines the fragility of the self in exquisite detail. Generous, compelling, poignant and ultimately, life affirming; Bright has managed to capture the complexity of being human’ HEIDI JAMES

About Tender Buttons

Tender Buttons is a Bristol-based podcast chatting to writers and artists about their ideas, process and politics, hosted by writers Jessica Andrews and Jack Young. Find out more here.

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