About the Daniel Owen Festival

The first celebration dedicated to author Daniel Owen was a week-long event in 2010, in Mold, Flintshire from October 17 – 23, the dates being the week of Owen’s birth and death.

The colourful, witty and lively Festival was planned as a highlight in Mold’s annual calendar, with activities based in and around key places associated with Daniel Owen. These included an English translation launch of 'Enoc Huws' at The Pentan pub, a Daniel Owen Prize for creative writing, chapel events, writers’ group activities, a schools' programme and a guided Daniel Owen Festival Town Walk by Mold and District Civic Society.

For the Festival’s second year (October 16 – 22, 2011), the event’s scope has been expanded to include wider literature and arts subjects. This expanded programme is part of the 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.

Therefore, in addition to a book launch (Fireside Tales by Daniel Owen), local guided walks and bus tours, evenings of poetry, humour and book readings, lectures, and discussions, there is also a Festival Gig, an arts activity day (Daniel Owen’s pig), story hunting, and an evening concert by Ensemble Cymru.

Many events are free of charge, although some will have nominal fees.