Cynan Jones was born in 1975 near Aberaeron, Wales where he now lives and works.
He is the author of four short novels, The Long Dry (Parthian, 2006), Everything I Found on the Beach (Parthian, 2011), Bird, Blood, Snow (Seren, 2012), and most recently The Dig (Granta, 2014).
His first novel won a Society of Authors Betty Trask Award and saw the author nominated as the 2008 Hay Festival Scritture Giovani. The Dig – a chapter of which was shortlisted for the 2013 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award – won a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize in 2014 and the Wales Book of the Year Fiction Prize 2015.
His work has been translated into several languages, and short stories have appeared in a number of anthologies and publications including Granta and New Welsh Review. His piece A Glass of Cold Water aired as part of BBC 4’s ‘State of the Nation’ series; he has also written variously for national newspapers.