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Festival, Sat 19 - Fri 25 Oct 2019

Daniel Owen Festival

Daniel Owen Festival


Daniel Owen was born in Mold in 1836, the youngest of six children. In 1837, his father and two brothers were drowned in a mining accident at the Argoed colliery and Daniel was brought up in poverty. His mother was determined that he should not be a miner, so when he was twelve he was apprenticed to a local tailor, Angel Jones. The tailor’s shop, he said, is where he received his education. He attended Bala Theological College in 1865 but he did not complete his studies, instead returning to Mold, where he resumed work as a tailor. He continued to preach on Sundays.

His interest in literature developed in his early twenties; he published a volume of sermons in 1879. Poor health meant that he increasingly turned to writing and his major works followed – often serialised in the denominational magazines – including Y Dreflan (1881), Rhys Lewis (1885), Enoc Huws (1891), Gwen Tomos (1894), and Straeon y Pentan (1895). He is often called the father of the Welsh novel.

The first festival dedicated to author Daniel Owen was a week-long event in Mold, Flintshire in 2010 from October 17 – 23, the week of his birth and death. This year it runs again from Saturday 19th until Friday 25th October. The colourful and lively Festival is planned as a highlight in Mold’s annual calendar.

See website for programme.

Tickets: Mold Town Council, Mold Town Hall, Earl Road, Mold. Telephone: 01352 758532.

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 19 - Fri 25 Oct 2019

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Sat 19 - Fri 25 Oct Daniel Owen Festival
Sun 20 Oct The Flintshire 10k & 5k
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Map reference: SJ 236638  Lat: 53.16582 Long: -3.14423

A55 Junction 33B & A494 to Mold.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 6 miles from Buckley station