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Literary Event, Tue 8 May 2018, £15

Gladstone's Library

Gladstone's Library


Join our May Writer in Residence, Cal Flyn, as she considers how human stories can make the personal political. Cal’s latest book, Thicker than Water, takes a creative approach to telling the story of the Highland Brigade, responsible for the massacre of hundreds of Indigenous Australians. The leader of the Brigade was Angus Macmillan: pioneer, pillar of settler society – and Cal’s relative. Macmillan’s personal relation to Cal informs her book’s telling of a deeply political story.

Cal Flyn is a writer, reporter and editor. For many years she worked in both print and online media, before a move to freelance allowed her to move more formally into the literary world. Her work has been published in Granta, The Sunday Times Magazine, Aeon, and the New Statesman. Her debut book, Thicker than Water, was published by Harper Collins in 2016. Whatever the format, Cal’s writing betrays an interest in indigeneity and colonialism, a talent for memoir and an eye for nature. Cal grew up in the Highlands before moving to London via Oxford, and now lives in Edinburgh.

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Credit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Tue 8 May 2018 20:00


Tickets are priced at £15 which includes a copy of Cal Flyn's book, Thicker Than Water.


Church Lane,



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Map reference: SJ 314659  Lat: 53.18576 Long: -3.02804

Gladstone's Library is easily accessible by road and rail, just fifteen minutes drive from the M56 and six miles from Chester where there are regular train connections to London and other UK cities. Both Liverpool and Manchester airports are within easy reach.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 6 miles from Chester station


  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality