Cynan Jones was born in 1975 near Aberaeron, Wales where he now lives and works.
He is the author of five short novels, The Long Dry, Everything I Found on the Beach, Bird, Blood, Snow, The Dig, and Cove.
He has been longlisted and shortlisted for numerous prizes and won a Society of Authors Betty Trask Award 2007, a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014 and the Wales Book of the Year Fiction Prize 2015. He won the BBC National Short Story Award in 2017.
His work has been published in more than twenty countries, and short stories have appeared on BBC Radio 4 and in a number of anthologies and publications including Granta Magazine and The New Yorker. He also wrote the screenplay for an episode of the BAFTA-winning crime series Hinterland, and Three Tales, a collection of stories for children.
Cynan Jones was the 2008 Scritture Giovani Hay Festival Fellow, has worked extensively with schools through writing projects, and started in the role of RLF Fellow at Aberystwyth University in September 2016. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2019.
His next work is Stillicide, a collection of twelve stories commissioned by BBC Radio 4 that will air over the summer 2019. Granta will publish the book in the Autumn.
"There is no doubt that Jones is one of the most talented writers in Britain." ~ Independent on Sunday