Helfa Gelf


Remy Dean

  • Drawing,
  • Mixed Media,
  • Photography


I am an Author + Artist + Teacher

My main modes of expression are writing and photography. I also draw and  explore 'objet-avec-courte-histoire'.

"Folklore and hearsay fascinate me, how the myths and legends of the past affect our world today. I love writing stories that hover somewhere in the hinterland between fact and fantasy, whilst scratching at the surface of a truth."

For Helfa Gelf 2017, I am delighted to be Writer in Residence at Plas Tan y Bwlch, and look forward to continuing my exploration of the rich heritage of this great house and the land that surrounds it, building on research and experiences gathered during my Residency here for last year's Helfa Gelf. I will be using combinations of texts, artefacts and images to document my findings and responses. 

There will be readings from my books, 'pop-up' exhibitions of photography and other visual responses, and plenty of chat about art and folklore. Work produced during my 2016 Residency will be on show and I will also host free 'drop-in' creative workshops, and 'taster sessions' from the forthcoming Creative Writing Course, here at Plas Tan y Bwlch, March 2018. 

Check my website or twitter for updates, daily schedules and booking information.

Directions to studio

Plas Tan y Bwlch is located approximately 6 miles east of the coastal town of Porthmadog on the A487 overlooking the town of Maentwrog. It is visible from the road, set amongst high mountains and wildlife-rich woodlands. There are obvious big brown signs from the A487 and the post code is LL41 3YU.

More information can be found on the Plas Tan y Bwlch website.

Studio information

Family friendly Yes Wheelchair friendly Yes Parking nearby Yes Toilet access Yes Welsh Speaker Learner Work for sale Yes Price range £5 - £500 Commissions accepted Yes Studio open by appointment throughout the year Remy Dean can be booked for workshops & talks.

Contact & address Details

Maentwrog, Plas Tan y Bwlch, Blaenau Ffestiniog, LL41 3YU


Studio Opening Times

September 2017 Times: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Friday 1st
  • Saturday 2nd
  • Sunday 3rd
  • Friday 8th
  • Saturday 9th
  • Sunday 10th
  • Fri 15th
  • Saturday 16th
  • Sunday 17th
  • Friday 22nd
  • Saturday 23rd
  • Sunday 24th

Remy Dean was born in Newport, Gwent, 1965, and now lives with his wife, daughter and dog in Snowdonia.

He is an artist and author of more than ten published books and more than fifty features in national newspapers and magazines. He is also a story-teller, lecturer on art and folklore, and hosts creative workshops.

Remy's latest novel, This, is the first in an epic fairy-tale-fantasy series inspired by local folklore and, written with Zel Cariad as creative consultant, is his first book for children and young adults. 

This, book one of the This, That and The Other trilogy, is available now, via amazon.

Non-fiction books by Dean include biographies and critiques of Nick Cave, Henry Rollins, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Suede, Lydia Lunch, Celine Dion(!) and more recently the web-active history of art textbook, Evolution of Western Art.

His works of fiction for grown-ups include Scraps, a novel, Final Bough, a tale of the supernatural, and the recent short story collection, The Race Glass

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