Daniel Owen annual literature and arts festival

Variety of activities lined up for family event

A popular literature and arts festival will return to Mold for a fourth year. The festival celebrates the life and work of prominent author Daniel Owen – often described as Wales’ answer to Charles Dickens – with a week-long event round his home town.

Plans are already taking shape for the Daniel Owen Festival which will take place at venues associated with the author from Friday 18 to Friday 25 October. The week marks the dates of Daniel Owen’s birth and death.

Speaking on behalf of the organising committee, Kevin Matthias said, “The Daniel Owen Festival is going to be even better this year. The full programme has something for everyone, to suit all ages and interests. Some events are in Welsh, and others are in English or bi-lingual. Yet again we’re showcasing a really excellent range of creative talent and knowledge. Many of the people taking part are from the local area”.

Dave Hill, Mold Town Manager, said, “The Daniel Owen Festival is one of the flagship events in Mold which highlights the Town’s creative and literary heritage. Having an event every month in Mold helps to attract people to the area and raises the profile of the Town; the Daniel Owen Festival is something to look forward to this October”.

Highlights of the event include the ceremony at Clwyd Theatr Cymru for their Daniel Owen Legacy project, with prizes for the best new writing from young people and the screening of the Legacy Project’s film. Two creative Arts events, one designed for families and the other for adults, with talented artsists Mari Gwent and Tricky Lowe. The prestigious Daniel Owen lecture will be delivered this year by renowned academic Robert Rhys, on the vexed question of what Daniel Owen chose to omit when he wrote abut people and events in Mold. Plus a host of guided walks taking in the urban and industrial heritage of the nineteenth century; along with evenings of poetry, music, performances and fascinating lectures.

Many events are free of charge, although some will have a nominal fee. Tickets can be booked at Mold Visitor Centre, or by telephoning 01352 759331.

The Festival is organised by a small group of volunteers which includes representatives from key organisations promoting literature, the arts, heritage and the Welsh language in Flintshire; Bethesda Chapel, Cittaslow Mold, Clwb C Ciwb, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold Library and Museum, Flintshire County Council Arts Culture and Events, Menter Iaith Sir y Fflint, and Mold and District Civic Society. New members are always welcome to join.

Sponsors include Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Cymdeithas Wil Bryan, Flintshire County Council, Keene and Kelly Solicitors, Mold Town Council, Synthite, and West Coast Energy.

If you would like to get involved in the Daniel Owen Festival or to be a sponsor please phone Kevin Matthias on 01352 754903.

For more information visit www.danielowenfestival.com or visit us on Facebook or call 01352 759331.

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