Mark Rees - author and journalist. Ghosts and Folklore of Wales, Welsh culture, Curious Wales, Paranormal Wales

“Mark Rees is arguably Wales’ leading authority on the curious and paranormal aspects of the country’s history.” – Western Mail

Journalist | Writer | Cultural Adventurer

For more than fifteen years, Mark Rees has published articles about the arts in some of Wales’ best-selling newspapers and magazines.

His roles have included arts editor and what’s on editor for many well-known daily, weekly and monthly titles, including the South Wales Evening Post, Swansea Life, Carmarthen Journal and Llanelli Star.


He has written a number of books, many of which focus on the culture of his homeland and the ghosts and folklore Wales including:

  • The Little Book of Welsh Culture (2016/ Second edition: 2022)
  • Ghosts of Wales: Accounts from the Victorian Archives (2017)
  • The Little Book of Welsh Landmarks (2018)
  • The A-Z of Curious Wales (2019)
  • Paranormal Wales (2020)
  • Illustrated Tales of Wales (2022)
  • Paranormal Cardiff (2023)

Mark Rees launches The Little Book of Welsh Culture at Galerie Simpson during Swansea’s Big WeekendGhosts of Wales – Live!

In 2017, Mark launched the now-annual Ghosts of Wales – Live! event. An evening of spooky entertainments featuring a varied line-up of paranormal practitioners, there are talks, stories, songs and even dances inspired by the more Gothic things in life.

Mark Rees with the Swansea Devil at Swansea Museum


In 2018 Phantoms, a play based on Mark’s Welsh ghost stories, premiered at Swansea Grand Theatre for Halloween. Adapted for the stage by Francis Hardy, it was performed by the always-excellent Fluellen Theatre Company.

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

In 2020 Mark launched Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast with Mark Rees, a regular podcast which explores a different weird and wonderful subject in each episode. Initially started as something to do during lockdown, it proved to be surprisingly popular and, despite the seemingly niche subject matter, has a devoted following with thousands of listeners from around the world avidly downloading each episode. You can listen and subscribe here.

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