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.
Our favourites from 2016
Why We’re Post-Fact
Peter Pomerantsev on the move to post-truth politics.
Violence in Blue
Statistician Patrick Ball on the unprecedented number of police homicides in the United States.
The Raingod’s Green, Dark as Passion
Kevin Barry remembers writing in Cork.
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.’
‘Letting myself float up to the short cliff spilled with plants I felt that odd thing: that awareness you are experiencing something you will never experience again.'