Mary-Ann Constantine, Cynan Jones and Tyler Keevil are united in their use of the 'short form', either the short story or 'short-form' novel. Cynan Jones, in particular, has championed the short form novel, convincing his publisher, Granta, of the power of the 'novel in one sitting' experience. These three novelists pay particular attention to a character's interaction with a particular place and its influence; this will frame their readings and their discussion of their work this evening.
When not writing novels, Mary-Ann Constantine works on Romantic-era Welsh literature in both Welsh and English and is based at Asberystwyth University. She has a particular interest in the interactions between ‘high’ and ‘low’ forms, and between oral and written sources. Mary-Ann has published two collections of short stories, The Breathing, and All the Souls. Her first novel, Starshot was published by Seren in 2015.
Cynan Jones was born near Aberaeron, Wales in 1975. His previous novels are The Long Dry (winner of a Betty Trask Award in 2007), Everything I Found on the Beach, and the retelling of a Welsh myth, Bird, Blood, Snow, for Seren's Mabinogion series. The Dig, (Granta), was winner of the Wales Book of the Year 2015 Fiction Category and (whilst short, attracted much critical acclaim for its spare prose. This month Cynan's new novel, Cove (shorter still) , is also published by Granta.
Tyler Keevil grew up in Vancouver, Canada, and in his mid-twenties moved to Wales, where he now lives. He is the author of three books – Fireball, The Drive, and Burrard Inlet . His short fiction has appeared in a wide range of magazines and anthologies. He has received numerous awards for his work, including Writer of the Year Award, the Wales Book of the Year People’s Prize, and the Writers’ Trust of Canada / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Gloucestershire.