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Colourful, witty and lively: Daniel Owen Festival 2011

Flintshire’s October event celebrates the life and work of prominent author Daniel Owen – often described as Wales’ answer to Charles Dickens – with a week-long event in his home town of Mold. (Sun, October 16 to Sat, October 22, 2011)

Oct. 10, 2011 - PRLog -- “A lot of the week’s activities are based in and around key places associated with Daniel Owen. This year the scope of the festival has been expanded to include wider literature and arts subjects. This is part of the long-term vision to establish an arts and literature festival around the figurehead of Daniel Owen and his work, but not limited to the material that he was able to produce in his short, but fruitful career,” explains John Mainwaring of Brown Cow Publishing, one of the festival’s founders. “Daniel Owen was an avid and wide reader himself and we want the festival to reflect this, so there is a full programme with ‘something for everyone’. ”

Event Highlights
• Clwyd Theatr Cymru Daniel Owen competition prize-giving
• Book launch – Fireside Tales by Daniel Owen (translation of Straeon y Pentan by Adam Pearce, edited by Derec Llwyd Morgan)
• Poetry, humour and book readings from Les Barker
• Daniel Owen lecture by Judge Niclas Parry
• ‘Enoc Huws’ discussion by Clwb Cymdeithasu Cymraeg Yr Wyddgrug
• ‘The Presence of Roger Edwards’ (Daniel Owen’s mentor) - a talk by his great great-grandson, Christopher Edwards
• Festival Gig, organised by Tegeingl
• Arts activity day ‘Daniel Owen’s pig’ led by Andrea Davies
• Story Hunting with Fiona Collins
• Daniel Owen bus tour (Welsh language) led by Robert Rhys, organised by Llenyddiaeth Cymru
• Concert by Ensemble Cymru

Many events are free of charge, although some will have a nominal fee ranging from £3 to
£16. The Daniel Owen bus tour will be £15 - £18, and pre-booking is essential. Children’s tickets for the family arts event are £1.50, and pre-booking is essential.

Additional events include a guided Daniel Owen Heritage Walk, a bilingual Sunday night Cymanfa and walks introducing Mold’s industrial heritage: a fun-filled, week-long celebration of Daniel Owen’s life and works.

For more information, visit www.danielowenfestival.com, or call the festival office on (telephone) 01248 440 083, (mobile) 07546 108 195.

Gwyl Daniel Owen has received £3,500 of financial support from Cadwyn Clwyd through Innovation Flintshire, which is financed as part of the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013 by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

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Long-term vision to establish an arts and literature festival around the figurehead of Daniel Owen and his work – reflecting Owen’s avid interest in all Welsh literature and arts.

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