Thursday, August 02, 2018

Cynan Jones: Shedworker

Author Cynan Jones (The Dig, Cove, The Edge Of The Shoal, BBC National Short Story Award Winner) lives and works in Aberaeron, Wales. He is also a shedworker. Here's how he describes his working environment to electric literature:
"I have a shed. I came home to write from Glasgow where I’d been working for five years as a copywriter. I promised myself I’d come home when I was twenty-eight and give myself two years to write a book. I lived in a shed in my Mum’s garden, which I still work in. I also built a writing room into our house. They are sacrosanct places. No one else goes in them. There’s nothing particular I have to have (other than pens, blank paper and a window) but I am incredibly protective of my writing space."
He also lives in a log cabin which he built himself. Here's what he told the BBC:
"When I am in need of inspiration for my writing, I step out of mother's shed and walk 50 metres to the edge of a cliff where I can be immersed in this extraordinary Cardigan Bay landscape," says Jones."
There's an excellent podcast of him recorded last month talking about "'the square mile' in Welsh culture, the experience of re-telling stories, and the spark that sends him to the writing shed to get a pending novel down on the page" at the Royal Literary Fund site here.

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