The Dark Philosophers read… Stillicide by Cynan Jones


The Dark Philosophers read

Stillicide by Cynan Jones

18:30 – 20:00 Wednesday 21 April | Zoom 

£1 – booking essential for log-in details 



Cynan Jones 

Granta (2019)

Order Stillicide now through Outwith Books

“A stunning meditation on climate crisis” – The Guardian 

Cynan Jones’ sixth book Stillicide is made up of twelve interconnected stories set in a future where life has been transformed by the scarcity of fresh water. Originally commissioned as a series of fifteen-minute readings for BBC Radio 4, this is a moving story of love and loss and the will to survive, and a glimpse of an all too tangible future. 


Come join The Dark Philosophers this April to read and discuss this prescient work by one our most talented writers. We recommend that you read the book in advance if you can, although short passages will be read aloud during the session. 


We’ll also take some time to explore water imagery more broadly in Welsh writing, and its symbolism in relation to cultural as well as ecological crises. 


All welcome, especially those new to writing from Wales. Feel free to contact group convenor Casi Dylan with any questions:




The Dark Philosophers is an 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 are building a reading list as expansive and complex as this small nation itself. 


Cynan Jones was born in 1975 near Aberaeron in west Wales, where he now lives and works. Alongside Stillicide he is the author of five short novels: The Long Dry; Everything I Found on the Beach; Bird, Blood, Snow; The Dig; and Cove. He has been longlisted and shortlisted for numerous prizes and won a Society of Authors Betty Trask Award 2007, a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, the Wales Book of the Year Fiction Prize 2015 and the BBC National Short Story Award 2017. He started in the role of RLF Writing Fellow at Aberystwyth University in September 2016 and in 2019 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.