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 have recently explored 'objet-avec-courte-histoire', inspired by my Helfa Gelf Residency at last year's Haus of Helfa 2015.

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 2016, I am delighted to be Writer in Residence at Plas Tan y Bwlch, and look forward to exploring the rich heritage of this great house and the land that surrounds it. I will be using combinations of text, artefact and images to document my findings and responses. 

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.

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

, , Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog, Gwynedd, LL41 3YU


Studio Opening Times

September 2016 Times: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Friday 2nd
  • Saturday 3rd
  • Sunday 4th
  • Friday 9th
  • Saturday 10th
  • Sunday 11th
  • Fri 16th
  • Saturday 17th
  • Sunday 18th
  • Friday 23rd
  • Saturday 24th
  • Sunday 25th

Here is what my publisher says about me:

Remy Dean was born in Newport, Gwent, 1965, and now lives with his wife, daughter and dog in Snowdonia, where he also teaches in the Arts department of a local college. He is the author of more than ten published books and more than fifty features in national newspapers and magazines, and has hosted occasional workshops and short courses for Creative Writing.

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.

His forthcoming novel, This, is an epic fairy-tale-fantasy and, written with his young daughter as creative consultant, is his first book for children and young adults.

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