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 and Swansea Life.

He has written a number of books, which include: The Little Book of Welsh Culture (2016); Ghosts of Wales: Accounts from the Victorian Archives (2017); The Little Book of Welsh Landmarks (2018); The A-Z of Curious Wales (2019); and Paranormal Wales (2020).

Mark Rees launches The Little Book of Welsh Culture at Galerie Simpson during Swansea’s Big WeekendMark’s next book, a collection of Welsh folklore entitled Illustrated Tales of Wales, will be available June 2021.

In 2017, Mark launched the now-annual Ghosts of Wales – Live! event. An evening of paranormal entertainments, each event includes a varied line-up of paranormal enthusiasts who present talks, stories, songs and even dance inspired by the more Gothic things in life. Sadly, a Ghosts of Wales – Live! event in 2020 wasn’t possible, but watch this space for news of an even bigger and better get-together in 2021 (hopefully!).

Mark Rees with the Swansea Devil at Swansea Museum

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

In 2020 Mark launched Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees, a weekly podcast which explores a different weird and wonderful subject in each episode. You can listen and subscribe here.

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