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 UCL where she wrote about hysteria and desire in Spanish cinema. Her first book, This Ragged Grace: A Memoir of Recovery and Renewal, was published by Canongate in June 2023, and described by Olivia Laing as "an extraordinary, electrifying book."

Past Events

5 Speakers, 15 Minutes Each - September 2023

Online, Via Zoom
Online, Via Zoom
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Join 5x15 in September to hear about the world of animal senses, a murky tale of invention & murder, the power of recovery, Coco Chanel, and the unsung heroes who created the OED.