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Cal Flyn

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Other contact method: Website: calflyn.com
Local authority: Edinburgh City
Languages: English
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I am an author and journalist, from Inverness-shire and currently based in Edinburgh. My first book, Thicker Than Water, followed the life story of a distant relative as he left Scotland during the Highland Clearances to become an explorer in Australia, but was later involved in a number of brutal massacres of the Gunai Aboriginal group.

Since then, I have been writing a lot on nature and environmental issues and I have a monthly column - The Wild Frontier - in Prospect Magazine, wherein I draw life lessons from rustic living. I served as writer-in-residence at Gladstone's Library in north Wales, I am a fellow of the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, and will be spending a month as a resident of the Jan Michalski Foundation in Switzerland. I would be very interested in further residencies.

I'm happy to give talks and readings, and have experience of speaking at events ranging from classrooms to the Canberra International Book Festival, and would happily chair events too. I love running creative writing workshops, for ages 15+, and can gear them towards specific projects or portfolio pieces. I'd also be happy to act as a mentor through the writing or publication process to highly motivated teenagers and adults. (Photo credit: Nancy Macdonald)

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Mentoring; Panel event; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Chairing events

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Outdoor learning

Topics of work

Adventure; Animals; Biography & memoir; Coasts, seas & oceans; Editing & editing your own work; Environment & climate; Family; Island communities; Nature; Politics; Publishing & getting published; Rural communities

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+