Briony Penn is an award-winning writer of creative non-fiction books as well as a contributor to many anthologies and chapter books. She has been a feature writer and columnist for decades, with over five hundred articles on environmental issues and natural history in newspapers, magazines, government publications, online news sources and peer-reviewed journals. She has also written numerous environmental guides and educational handbooks for teachers in British Columbia. The Real Thing: The Natural History of Ian McTaggart Cowan was the winner of the 2015 BC Book Prize, and Following the Good River: Stories from the Magic Canoe of Cecil Paul, was awarded the 2021 Butler Prize and shortlisted for the 202 BC Book Prizes. Briony lives on Salt Spring Island, BC.