The Dark Philosophers bookgroup: West by Carys Davies



The Dark Philosophers read…

West by Carys Davies

18:00 – 19:30, Wednesday 17 June | Zoom


Winner of the 2019 Wales Book of the Year for Fiction, Carys Davies’ West is a spellbinding and timeless epic-in-miniature, an eerie parable of early frontier life, and an electric monument to possibility. Join The Dark Philosophers to discuss the work of this exciting author, and to consider the idea of ‘the West’ in the American and the Welsh imagination.

Try to read West in advance if possible, but don’t worry if not: passages from the novel and examples of Davies’ short stories will be read aloud during the session.

Any questions, feel free to contact group convenor Casi Dylan on

All welcome | Croeso i bawb




The Dark Philosophers is a regular, open reading group which brings the literature of Wales out of the shadows. Encompassing writing in Welsh and English, contemporary and ancient, rural and urban, we aim to build a reading list as expansive and complex as this small nation itself.


Carys Davies’s debut novel West was shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize, Runner Up for the Society of Authors’ McKitterick Prize, and winner of the Wales Book of the Year for Fiction. She is also the author of two collections of short stories, Some New Ambush and The Redemption of Galen Pike, which won the 2015 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and the 2015 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize. Born in Wales, she grew up there and in the Midlands, lived and worked for twelve years in New York and Chicago, and now lives in Edinburgh. Her second novel The Mission House will be out in August 2020.


Casi Dylan works as Cultural Activities Coordinator at the University of Glasgow. As well as The Dark Philosophers, she runs a monthly Welsh-language reading group as part of the Cymry Glasgow community. A regular contributor to the literary magazine O’r Pedwar Gwynt, her piece Reimagined Communities: An Introduction to Welsh Writing was recently published by Words Without Borders.