Cynan Jones is the author of two novels, The Long Dry and Everything I Found on the Beach and this month makes his Granta debut in the Britain issue, with his story ‘The Dig’. It tells of a young boy in rural Wales who, along with his dog, is drawn by his father into a strange world of badger hunting and violence. He spoke to online editor Ted Hodgkinson about why he doesn’t want to be defined as a Welsh writer, the pleasures and challenges of writing short stories and novellas and writing about the growing pains of adolescence.
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Five Things Right Now: Cynan Jones
‘A pair of seagulls. I say a pair. They might just be good friends.’
A Letter From Wales
‘Believe me – it will be impossible for you not to wonder – when I vow I am entirely sane.’