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João Morais

Festival of the Ghost

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This book will be released in November 2024.

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Prizewinner in New Welsh Writing Awards 2021 Rheidol Prize for Prose with a Welsh Theme or Setting


‘Compelling... humorous and tightly plotted, with a superb sense of urban space’ – Gwen Davies, adjudication, New Welsh Writing Awards 2021

A grieving young man living with OCD discovers he can witness the events of the past. While searching for his recently deceased sister’s thesis, he strives to avoid the attention of its subject, a religious sect devoted to The Ripper’s Welsh double, ‘the Butcher of Butetown’.

Set in contemporary Cardiff, this diverse, pacey, high-concept time-warp crime novella explores themes of violence, ritual and alternative realities, while it seeks to honour the victims of serial killers and challenge the way that some have become part of the tourism industry.


João Morais has recently completed a PhD in Creative Writing at Cardiff University. He was a prizewinner in the New Welsh Writing Awards 2021 Rheidol Prize for Prose with a Welsh Theme or Setting, and has been shortlisted for the Academi Rhys Davies Short Story Prize, the Percy French Prize for Comic Verse and the All Wales Comic Verse Award. He won the 2013 Terry Hetherington Prize for Young Writers, and has been selected twice for a Hay Festival’s Writers at Work residency. His work has appeared in magazines and anthologies including New Welsh Reader, Roundyhouse, Popshot, The Ghastling, Cheval and Rarebit (Parthian) and New Welsh Short Stories (Seren). His short story collection, Things That Make The Heart Beat Faster, was published by Parthian in 2018.
João is currently working as a support artist and museum guide. His numerous TV/film credits include scenes shared with Michael Sheen and Gillian Anderson.