“Powell succeeds in celebrating not only the importance of the achievements of this remarkable Welshman,
but also the cultural richness of the Welsh nation”
Professor Hilary J Grainger

Dean Powell has published a collection of fascinating history books while also contributing essays to a variety of specialist publications or websites and working as a researcher on television and radio programmes.

With a particular interest in Victorian Welsh history, his work as an author commenced with a series of fascinating photographic history books concentrating on the valley communities of South Wales.

Notably Dean has spent a decade researching the life of Welsh surgeon and pioneer of cremation Dr William Price and released his biography, “Wales’ First Radical” to critical acclaim. Subsequently Dean is regarded as the expert on the subject and makes frequent television and radio appearances in both English and Welsh while also travelling extensively offering lectures on the subject.

For more than a year he worked closely with film actor Glyn Houston which led to the publication of his enthralling memoirs, “A Black and White Actor”.

More recently Dean published a work celebrating the history and legacy of Wales’ famous hymn tune, “Cwm Rhondda”. He has also completed “A Royal Choir for Wales” which examines the intense rivalry that existed between male voice choirs in south Wales during the late 19th century.

Dean has also published work for a variety of specialist publications, from local history society magazines to tourism guide books. He has also published anniversary books for rugby football clubs and male voice choirs.

Dean has edited more than thirty specialist publications and souvenir brochures with articles from HRH The Prince of Wales, Sir Tom Jones, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Elizabeth Taylor to name but a few.




“He possessed a tremendous store of knowledge of the whole of the South Wales region. He was able to combine a natural curiosity with skill in the use of words to produce a popular newspaper that generated lively debate across a great range of subject matter. His approach was honest, open and straightforward – and much-valued among his readers and subscribers.”
Dr Kim Howells


“Meticulously detailed and the product of a great amount of research”
Peter Rogerson


“Very professionally written and produced.”
Field Marshall The Lord Guthrie


“The definitive book on a remarkable man”.
Hywel Gillard


“Every village should have a book like this.”
Glynys Honor



A decade ago I helped the great Welsh actor Glyn Houston write his memoirs.Today I collected 500 copies of the new Second Edition of the book. With more than 20 new pages filled with photographs and a filmography it also features the kind words of his obituaries. Priced just £12.99 each, his memoirs are now on sale. For details message me or email Postage within the UK is an additional £2.50. Foreign postage to be confirmed via email. A Black & White ActorThis incredibly honest rags to riches story reveals how a South Wales valley boy running his grandmother’s milk round, became one of Britain’s most popular actors of television and film.Glyn reveals his total devotion for the country of his birth as he embarked on a career that has seen him appear in more than 80 films for cinema or television and countless theatre productions. A self-confessed hell-raiser in his youth, he often spent time with drinking friends in Stanley Baker and Richard Burton, mixing with the Kray twins.Introduced to the acting profession by older brother Donald, Glyn began his career by entertaining the troops in Singapore before making his film debut as the cheeky cockney barrow boy in Dirk Bogarde’s The Blue Lamp. This is his fascinating account of a life that has taken him from Wales to Hollywood, and has assured him a place in the annals of film history. ... See MoreSee Less
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Thanks to the Retired Police Authority for inviting me to give them a virtual lecture this evening on the history of Llantrisant.A warm welcome and plenty of questions!Really enjoyed my chance to tell the about the ‘small town with a big story’. ... See MoreSee Less
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