Last Friday, in the comfort of the Charlesworth Link, we were given the opportunity to interrogate award winning author Cynan Jones. We were rewarded with a fascinating insight into the toils and triumphs of the writing life.
Jones’ own success is evident: his third novel The Long Dry, winner of the prestigious Betty Trask Award, was translated into Italian, French and Arabic, and his short story The Dig is to be published in the acclaimed literary magazine Granta this month. From the outside, things look glamorous. He assured us that things were not. More than anything, meeting Cynan emphasised the struggles faced by an upcoming writer in a brutally competitive industry, and the hard work required to overcome these struggles.
But incredibly, the sense of exhaustion conveyed in the demystification of his trade, in no way extinguished the overwhelming impression of raw passion for his job. I left the meeting with an insuppressible desire to write my own book. Watch this space… - Gaby Harrison, Upper 6