Cynan Jones was born near Aberaeron on the west coast of Wales in 1975. He is the author of five novels (The Long Dry , Everything I Found on the Beach, The Dig, Cove) and most recently a collection of short stories originally commissioned for BBC Radio. He is published in over twenty countries. He has been longlisted and shortlisted for numerous prizes internationally, and won the Wales Book of the Year Fiction Prize, a Betty Trask Award, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Award, and the BBC National Short Story Award.
He has also written a collection of tales for children, and a screenplay for the TV crime drama Hinterland. Other writing has appeared in a variety of anthologies and newspapers, and in journals and magazines including Granta and The New Yorker.
In 2020, the city of Haarlem welcomes Cynan Jones for a two-week citybooks residency.