Join us for an evening with award-winning writer Cynan Jones the same week as the publication of his short story collection Stillicide, originally commissioned by BBC Radio 4 and aired over the summer. Described by the Independent on Sunday as ‘one of the most talented writers in Britain,’ Cynan will talk about building fictional worlds, first in your mind then on the page. This will be a lively discussion, asking some of the key questions that face all writers. How do ideas form in the first place? And how do you bring them to life when they have? In Stillicide, water is commodified. The Water Train that serves the city is increasingly at risk of sabotage. As news breaks that construction of a gigantic Ice Dock will displace more people than first thought, protestors take to the streets and the lives of several individuals begin to interlock. A nurse on the brink of an affair. A boy who follows a stray dog out of the city. A woman who lies dying. And her husband, a marksman.

Cynan Jones is the author of five short novels published in over 20 countries. He has won a Society of Authors Betty Trask Award 2007, a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, the Wales Book of the Year Fiction Prize 2015 and the BBC National Short Story Award 2017. He has written for television and radio, and a collection of children’s tales. His short fiction is widely published including in Granta Magazine and The New Yorker.

Chaired by Grace Palmer and featuring a writers’ showcase and book-signing. Supported by Arts Council England.

From one of the most celebrated writers of his generation, Stillicide is a moving story of love and loss and the will to survive, and a powerful glimpse of the tangible future.

This event is part of Bristol Festival of Literature.

Saturday 19 October

Novel Nights: World Building with author, Cynan Jones


A 5% booking fee applies online and over the phone. A £2 postage fee is charged where applicable.

Recommended age: 14+

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