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Dr Catherine Phelps

Dr Catherine Phelps

Welsh Writing in English Tutor


I completed my PhD in English Literature at Cardiff University in 2013. In that, I researched Welsh crime fiction written in English and brought to attention forgotten writers and texts.

My research interests include Welsh writing in English, crime fiction, Gothic literature, feminism and postcolonial theory.


I returned to education as a mature student through the route of evening classes. I went on to study as an undergraduate at the then University of Glamorgan before enrolling as a postgraduate student at Cardiff University. There I completed a Master’s degree before eventually researching Welsh crime fiction written in English for a doctoral thesis.

Since graduating, I have had experience of engaging with a broad range of students: from holding workshops for teachers visiting from Europe, as a Postgraduate Tutor at Cardiff University, volunteering at the Butetown ACE homework club, lecturing on the English Literature degree course at the University of South Wales, and as a Community Tutor for the Department of Continuing and Professional Education at Cardiff University.

Professional memberships

  • I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • Currently, I am a bursary panel member for Llenyddiaeth Cymru/Literature Wales.
  • I am also a reader for Palgrave Macmillan, The Welsh Books Council, Studies in Gothic Fiction and [sic]: Journal of Literature, Culture and Literary Translation.