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Ghosts, zombies and Twm Siôn Cati – linking Welsh and Irish popular fiction

21 September 2010

Crime, romance and the supernatural in Welsh and Irish tradition are explored at a Cardiff University conference this week.

The one day symposium looks at popular fiction either side of the Irish Sea and the links between the two.

Themes include horror fiction, with talks on "Welsh Nationalist Horror" and "Ghost Estates and Zombie Hotels: The Irish Suburban Gothic". The colonial history of both countries is also investigated, with talks on Irish colonial authors and folk hero Twm Siôn Cati as a trickster in the colonial Wales of the 16th Century.

Friday’s event is organised by the Wales-Ireland Network, a partnership between Cardiff and Aberystwyth Universities to explore the cultural, creative and political relationships between Wales and Ireland. Speakers include researchers from Cardiff University and Trinity College Dublin.

Dr Claire Connolly, of Cardiff University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy, said: "The symposium will cover a number of different popular fiction genres, including crime fiction, romance and tales of the weird. We hope to show up some of the common links between Welsh and Irish fiction – and some of the differences too."

The symposium takes place at Cardiff University’s Humanities Building on Friday, September 24 from 9.30. Places can be registered at a cost of £5 through


Further information:
Dr Claire Connolly
School of English, Communication and Philosophy
Cardiff University
Tel: 029 2087 5621
Mobile: 07766 258234

Stephen Rouse
Public Relations Office,
Cardiff University
Tel: 029 2087 5596

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