Octavia Randolph

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Octavia Randolph writes the kind of book she wants to read herself. Her Circle of Ceridwen series starts in the year 871, when England was Angle-Land, but all but five of the Anglo Saxon kingdoms had fallen to the invading Vikings

Octavia writes about history as a way to better understand our own times. She writes about people who are far better, and (she hopes) far worse than herself. Beautiful objects also inspire her: the hand-carved combs, skilfully wrought swords, and gemmed goblets of the world of The Circle of Ceridwen Saga. Almost everything interests her; Octavia has studied Anglo-Saxon and Norse runes, and learnt to spin with a drop spindle. Her path has led to extensive on-site research in England, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, and Gotland. In addition to the Circle Saga, Octavia is also the author of Light, Descending, a biographical novel of the great 19th century art and social critic John ruskin; Ride, a retelling of the story of Lady Godiva; and The Tale of Melkorka, taken from the Icelandic Sagas.

Octavia has been the recipient of Artistic Fellowships at the Ingmar Bergman Estate, the MacDowell Colony, Ledig House International and Byrdcliffe.

Octavia’s Novel, The Circle of Ceridwen, was the MyVLF Book Club free read for July.

You can watch an interview with Octavia, talking about her book, research and writing, in the MyVLF Theatre.

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