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Mold festival to celebrate life and work of Daniel Owen

THE LIFE and work of Wales’s answer to Charles Dickens will be celebrated with a week long festival in Mold.

The Daniel Owen Festival will start on Sunday, October 16, and run until Saturday, October 22.

The week marks the dates of the Mold author’s birth and death.

John Mainwaring, of Brown Cow Publishing, one of the festival’s founders, said: “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.”

Events will include concerts, book readings, lectures and a bus tour.

Mr Mainwaring said: “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’.”

Christopher Edwards, the great-great-grandson of Daniel Owen’s mentor Roger Edwards, will give a talk on Thursday, October 20 at 7.30pm in the Bethesda Chapel– where Daniel Owen preached.

Children can also take part in the festivities with artist Andrea Davies running an afternoon of activities based on Daniel Owen’s pig at Parkfields Community Centre from 1-4pm on Saturday, October 22.

Shopkeepers in the town are doing their bit for the festival by putting up Daniel Owen-themed window displays which will be judged next Tuesday, with a bottle of wine on offer for the winning entry.

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