His debut novel, Shifts, is regarded as a Welsh modern classic, topping the English language selection of Wales Arts Review’s 'Greatest Welsh Novel of All Time', and coming second to the overall winner Un Nos Ola Leuad by Caradog Prichard.
Prizes include an Eric Gregory Award, the Arts Council of Wales Young Writer Prize and ACW Fiction Award. His second novel Griffri, was shortlisted for the Book of the Year Award and his poetry collection, The Meaning of Flight, was longlisted for The Book of the Year Award.
Born and brought up in Tredegar, he has been a steelworker, a schoolteacher, a university professor and now writes full time.
Latest title: Brief Lives: Six Fictions (Seren Press)
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