Cal Flyn is an author and journalist from the Highlands of Scotland. She worked as a reporter for The Sunday Times (UK) and Daily Telegraph (UK) before turning to literary non-fiction. She was awarded the Society of Authors' John Heygate Prize in 2017, and her first book Thicker Than Water, which dealt with colonialism and intergenerational guilt, was published in 2016 and selected by The Times of London as one of the best books of that year. She used her time at MacDowell to work on her second (non-fiction) book Islands of Abandonment, about abandoned places and natural processes of recovery. It is scheduled to be published in early 2021 from HarperCollins (UK) and Viking (US).