CV

EDUCATION
BA English & Creative Writing – Upper Second Class Honours (Aberystwyth University, 2006)
MA Creative Writing – Distinction (Aberystwyth University, 2009)
PhD Creative Writing – (Cardiff University, 2017)

AWARDS
2009 Rhys Davies Short Story Competition – Runner-up (one of 10 places)
2012 The Terry Hetherington Young Writer’s Award – Highly Commended
2013 The Terry Hetherington Young Writer’s Award – Winner
2013 Percy French Prize for Comic Verse – Shortlisted
2015 All Wales Comic Verse Competition – Shortlisted
2017 New Welsh Writing Awards Americymru Prize for the Novella – Longlisted

PUBLICATIONS (a non-exhaustive list)

  • My short story collection, Things that Make the Heart Beat Faster, is forthcoming September 2018 with Parthian.
  • ‘I Blame the Tooth Fairy’ in Roundyhouse Magazine, Summer 2009
  • ’The Mary’ in Getting Up: An Anthology of Winning Stories from the Academi Rhys Davies Short Story Competition (Leaf, 2010)
  • ‘Neighbours from Hell’ in Popshot Magazine issue 2, Spring 2010
  • ‘The Rave’ in Memorable Firsts (Parthian, 2011)
  • ‘The Tea Party’ in Cheval 6: The Terry Hetherington Young Writer’s Award Anthology 2012 (Parthian, 2012)
  • ‘Asking a Shadow to Dance’ in Cheval 7: The Terry Hetherington Young Writer’s Award Anthology 2013 (Parthian, 2013)
  • ‘Anatomy of a Beating’ in New Welsh Review 100, Summer 2013
  • ‘Exile All the Longer’ in Rarebit (Parthian, 2014)
  • ‘Plunder’ in New Welsh Review 105, Autumn 2014
  • ‘The Visit’ in A Fiction Map of Wales (H’mm Foundation/Rhys Davies Trust, 2014)
  • ‘Things That Make the Heart Beat Faster in Cheval 8: The Terry Hetherington Young Writer’s Award Anthology 2014 (Parthian, 2014)
  • ‘Dinner with Dylan’ in Culture Colony Quarterly 4 (Winter 2014)
  • ‘Yes Kung Fu’ in New Welsh Short Stories (Seren, 2015)
  • ‘Dear Cat’ in Wales Arts Review, June 2015
  • ‘The Cider Trap’ in Wales Arts Review, June 2016
  • ‘The Corpse Candle’ in The Ghastling book 5, February 2017
  • ‘Smuggler’s Tunnel’ extract in The New Welsh Reader 116 Winter 2017
  • 'The Pavement Poet', in New Welsh Reader 117 Spring 2018

I have had many works published in Wales Arts Review, dating back to its first issue in 2012: http://www.walesartsreview.org/author/joao-morais/
I have also been a regular contributor to the New Welsh Review since 2012. I’ve had short stories, reviews, and poetry published online and in its print edition.

TALKS/PANEL DISCUSSIONS
A Fiction Map of Wales: Readings with Francesca Rhydderch, Jon Gower, and Joao Morais at Literature on the Lawn, Caerleon Festival, July 2014
What is the Greatest Welsh Novel? Wales Arts Review Critics’ Roundtable, November 2014
Do Women Write Better Short Stories than Men? Penarth Literature Festival, September 2015