The name on my birth certificate is Jonathan Doyle, but Jon will do just fine. I am from Port Talbot in South Wales and am unfortunately another Cardiff expat, having occupied an array of houses in/near Roath during my studies. I was also partly responsible for the muddy state of the Roath Rec football fields circa 2008-2012.
I write stories that are of no particular genre which pretentious people or weirdos might label literary fiction. This essentially means nothing much happens in them. I’d list Don DeLillo, Cormac McCarthy and David Foster Wallace as my favourite authors, but that is just the tip of my reading iceberg.
I originally studied Zoology and completed an MRes degree in Biosciences. However, not content with studying weevil DNA and tropical parasites and termite mounds in Kenyan national parks, I crossed to the dark side of humanities, completing an MA in Creative Writing at Cardiff University this summer (just like Rebecca. The beady-eyed among you might see a pattern forming).
In my spare time I write about music over at Wake the Deaf and spend too much time worrying about football results.
I am ashamed to say this will be my first experience of the Made in Roath festival, but I am very much looking forward to it. Stay tuned all week to meet the rest of the blog team.*
Hope to see you soon.
*As Roy hinted, there must be a better collective noun for fledgling writers suffering from post-university existential crises. There may or may not be a prize for the best suggestion.
Other places where I present an idealised version of myself:
Wake the Deaf: http://wakethedeaf.co.uk/