Cynan Jones was born in Wales in 1975. His first novel, The Long Dry (2006) won a Betty Trask Award from the Society of Authors and is translated into several languages. His second novel Everything I Found on the Beach was published in 2011, and a piece from a work in progress included in Granta 119: Britain in May. Cynan recently added to Seren's critically acclaimed Mabinogion Series. The eighth Mabinogion tale Bird Blood Snow transforms the Arthurian legend of Peredur into a quixotic romp through a contemporary Welsh school of hard knocks.