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Cynan Jones reads from ‘The Dig’ at Word Factory #25

We’re delighted Word Factory friend, Cynan Jones has won this year’s BBC national short story award for his story The Edge of the Shoal, a thrilling tale of survival at sea and described by Eimear McBride “as perfect a short story as I’ve ever read”.

Cynan Jones has previously won the Betty Trask award, the Wales Book of the Year fiction prize and a Jerwood fiction prize for his novels and short stories.

The four remaining shortlisted writers, Will Eaves, Jenni Fagan, Benjamin Markovits and Helen Oyeyemi will each receive £600.

This year’s judging panel was chaired by bestselling author, Joanna Trollope and included Baileys Prize winner, Eimear McBride, Booker Prize longlisted writer Jon McGregor; Encore Award winner Sunjeev Sahota; and returning judge Di Speirs, Books Editor at BBC Radio.

We are so pleased to have hosted Cynan at Word Factory. Here’s him reading an extract from ‘The Dig’ at Salon #25…