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Catherine Phelps

Dr Catherine Phelps


Pathways Co-ordinator


I completed my PhD in English Literature at Cardiff University in 2013. I was researching Welsh crime fiction in English, and shedding light on forgotten writers and texts.

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


I returned to education as a mature student, through evening classes. I went on to undergraduate studies at what was then called the 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 in English, for a doctoral thesis.

Since graduating, I have had experience of engaging with a wide range of students: from running workshops for visiting teachers from Europe, as a Postgraduate Tutor at Cardiff University, volunteering at ACE Trebwt homework club, lecturing on an 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.
  • I am currently a member of a bursaries panel for Literature Wales.
  • Also, I'm a reader for Palgrave Macmillan, WBC, Studies in Gothic Fiction and [sic]: Journal of Literature, Culture and Literary Translation.