More about the events


Friday 18 October 2013

North Wales International Poetry Festival

8pm,  Clwyd Theatr Cymru


Estibaliz Espinosa performing her poetry at the 2012 Festival

Last year this event was wonderful, with poets from across the world performing their own poetry in their own languages. Translations were on screen in both Welsh and English and some poems were performed in Welsh by renowned Mold poet, Sophie McKeand, and champion of the Welsh language, teacher, Eirian Conlon.

North Wales International Poetry Festival is a rich multilingual mix of voices. Headed by celebrated Welsh poet Twm Morys, this event will bring together leading poets from around the world. Not to be missed!

Tickets from Clwyd Theatr Cymru box office are £8 and £6 for concessions.

Organised by TheAbsurd


Saturday 19 October 2013

Family Activity – Daniel Owen’s Hat!

10am – 4pm,  The Clubhouse, Park Avenue, Mold CH7 1RY



 Daniel Owen’s Hat – get creative and have lots of fun at this bilingual family arts activity with artist Mari Gwent. The day finishes with a procession through Mold so that everyone can enjoy seeing your fabulous creations! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential, tickets are £1.50 per child, and free for adults. A light lunch will be provided. Arranged and sponsored by Menter Iaith Sir y Fflint


Saturday 19 October 2013

Welsh Poetry Slam!

Starting at 7:30pm in the Daniel Owen Centre.  Tickets: £5



Stomp – Welsh Poetry Slam with Master of Ceremonies, Pod, and poets including Sion Aled, Les Barker, Aled Lewis Evans, Sian Northey and more…

Daniel Owen Centre, Earl Road, Mold CH7 1AP.  Tickets are £5

Arranged by Clwb C Ciwb and Tegeingl





Sunday 20th October 2013

Daniel Owen Heritage Walk

2pm meet at the Library, Earl Road, Mold


Join local historian David Rowe as he explores Mold in the footsteps of Daniel Owen.

This guided walk will call, amongst other places, at Daniel Owen’s birthplace; where he used to work as a tailor; his shop; his house; and the chapel where he worshipped.

Begin the festival week with a view of Mold through the perspective of the author’s life.

Meet at Daniel Owen’s statue outside Mold library, Earl Road at 2:00pm. This gentle stroll around the  town will take about one and a half hours.

Donations welcome please.


Sunday 20 October 2013

Bilingual Singing Festival

6pm at Bethesda Chapel, New Street, Mold


Join in and enjoy the joyous Welsh singing at Daniel Owen’s place of worship.

Donations welcome please.



Sunday 20 October 2013   

Creative Felt Pods Workshop with artist Ticky Lowe

10am to 4pm at St Mary’s Hall, King Street, Mold CH7 1UX

£30 per person


Felt Pods Workshop for adults with Artist Ticky Lowe

On Sunday 20 October, as part of the Daniel Owen Festival, artist, Ticky Lowe, will be running a workshop to create 3d hollow forms in felt inspired by seeds and seedpods.

The day will include a slide show of work and a talk about Ticky’s way of working. Participants will also have an opportunity to investigate Ticky’s inspiring objects, and explore her collection of seeds and images using a USB microscope. These investigations will be as inspiration for creating your own sculptural objects.

There will also be a practical introduction to felt making 3 d forms, a chance to make a simple 3 d form with contrasting colours and then make your own larger scale complex 3 d hollow form.

Refreshments will be provided on the day but participants will need to bring their own lunch.

To book a place on this very exciting workshop please contact the Arts, Culture and Events Team, at Flintshire County Council, on 01352 704408. Places are strictly limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis.

Arranged and sponsored by Flintshire County Council Arts, Culture and Events Team


Monday 21 October 2013

Mold’s Industrial Heritage guided walk

10.30am meet at Tesco’s car park, Mold


The Daniel Owen Festival is delighted that its association with Troedio Clwyd walkers continues in 2013 with three different guided walks in the area associated with Daniel Owen and his stories. The first one starts at Tesco’s car park and walks around the outskirts of Mold. Discover more about Mold’s industrial heritage from a network of footpaths close to the Town centre.  In English and free.

Troedio Clwyd aims to improve the physical, mental and social well-being of walkers by providing a safe and friendly way to enjoy the countryside.  All the walks are free and led by trained volunteers.  To see the fun the walkers had last year visit our gallery, and to visit their website click here.



Monday 21 October 2013

The Daniel Owen Festival Annual Lecture, with Robert Rhys

7.30pm at Bethesda Chapel, New Street, Mold

in Welsh, with simultaneous translation. Tickets £3

It is a pleasure to announce that Robert Rhys will be giving the annual lecture in 2013.  Robert is Reader in Welsh Literature at Swansea University and his field of expertise is Victorian Literature. He has already appeared at the Festival when he led a tour of Mold and the surrounding area ‘in the footsteps of Daniel Owen’ in 2011.  He is eminently qualified to speak on Daniel Owen and his work as he is the author of the standard book on the subject. Daniel Owen in the Dawn Dweud series was published in 2000 and the Festival looks forward to hearing him speak.

The title of the lecture translates as ‘Closer than the Historian; Time and place in Daniel Owen’s work’.

How contemporary were Daniel Owen’s novels in reality? What is the relationship between recording the present and the ‘olden days’ in his work? Which elements does he decide to omit in his depiction of his period and society? What about the geography of his novels? These are the questions that Robert Rhys will be attempting to answer in his lecture. In addition to discussing the novels he will also refer to the television adaptation ‘Treflan’.


Tuesday 22 October 2013

The Industrial History of Nercwys Mountain

2pm meet at the Queen’s Head, Chester Street

Visit a fascinating area of Nercwys Mountain described in Daniel Owen’s novels, guided by Troedio Clwyd walkers. Meet at the Queen’s Head on Chester Street for car sharing to Nercwys Mountain.  In English and free.


Tuesday 22 October 2013

Daniel Owen’s Legacy ceremony

Clwyd Theatr Cymru


Clwyd Theatr Cymru for Young People has supported the Daniel Owen Festival of Literature and the Arts since its inception in 2010, launching a new writing award to celebrate the life of one of Wales’s best known writers. In 2013 young people aged between 12 and 21 have been asked to create and record their own stories. There will be a public celebration of the Daniel Owen’s Legacy project at Clwyd Theatr Cymru on 22 October which will include the new writing awards ceremony and a showing of the Legacy Project’s film.

Arranged by Clwyd Theatr Cymru for Young People, with funding from the Heritage Lottery

Above: Clwyd Theatr Cymru’s Theatre for Young People Daniel Owen New Writing Award for 2012. Dave Humphreys, Highly Commended; Kate Wasserberg, Associate Director of Clwyd Theatr Cymru responsible for new writing, who was the judge, handing the prize to the winner Margaret Allan; with Catherine Doyle, who was also Highly Commended



Wednesday 23 October 2013

Performance of a modern ‘Anterliwt’ 

7.30pm at Mold Library and Musem


Performance of a modern Anterliwt, a peculiarly Welsh early nineteenth century dramatic entertainment, by C Ciwb members which was inspired by the work of Twm o’r Nant. With a talk by Kevin Matthias on Daniel Owen’s family and its connections with  the dramatist. In Welsh and suitable for proficient learners.

Clwb Cymdeithasu Cymraeg Yr Wyddgrug

The Clwb Cymdeithasu Cymraeg – known as 3C to non-Welsh speakers – meets in Mold, North Wales and has support from the University of Bangor. The Welsh language social group was formed to enable Welsh speakers in the Mold area to improve their language skills by working with native speakers of the language.
Each year the organisers of C3 put on a hugely varied programme of events, such as theatre visits, quizzes, walks, salsa evenings and football matches, giving members the opportunity to meet and socialise with other Welsh speakers outside of a usual classroom context.
Members of the group include fluent speakers of Welsh, intermediate level learners and former students who are keen to practise their language outside of the classroom. The key is to ensure that the level of language is suitable for learners while keeping fluent speakers engaged and interested.
Welsh Learning for Adults: more info
European Language Label: more info




Thursday 24 October 2013

Rhosesmor and Daniel Owen’s family 

2pm meet at The Blue Bell, Halkyn

A guided walk around the Rhosesmor area with Troedio Clwyd walkers exploring the link between Daniel Owen’s family and the village. The walk, which lasts for about an hour and a half, also examines how the landscape has been shaped by lead mining. In English and free.




Thursday 24 October 2013

What caused the Mold riots? 

7.30pm at Tyddyn Street Chapel, Tyddyn Street, Mold

David Rowe, friend of the Daniel Owen Festival and popular lecturer and author examines the Mold riots and their background. The fear of a Revolution which had become a reality over the Channel was coupled with a demand for political reform and wider representation in Parliament and debates on human and civil rights.

In Flintshire, disputes, often with associated violence, had a variety of causes from the Enclosure, Navy and Militia Acts through to corn shortages. In the nineteenth century, miners and colliers featured heavily in social unrest. In his fascinating presentation, David will shine a light on these disputes which ultimately culminated in the deaths of four people in what became known as the ‘Mold Riots’. English language lecture.



Thursday 24 October 2013

Band Cambria Open evening

8.00pm at Mold Town Hall, Earl Road, Mold

Join Band Cambia to experience the stirring effect of a top-rate marching band on their open evening. You may never want to go home!  Band Cambria is well known throughout the region and beyond for their professionalism as well as their charity and community work.  Pop in or stay the evening.



Friday 25 October 2013 

Open Mic Session 

7.30pm at the Ruthin Castle, New Street, Mold

Enjoy a feast of local talent in this bilingual evening hosted by the renowned and inspirational Aled Lewis Evans. Join Aled, Jane Owen and Les Barker, fresh from the 2013 Eisteddfod in Denbigh, for a feast of poetry, stories and music. Sian Williams will be launching her short children’s film Arabella’s Picnic, beautifully animated by George Roberts and friends from Glyndwr University. 

The Ruthin Castle, which is a traditional atmospheric pub, with real ale is hosting the event.  Helen, the land lady, is also laying on a light supper. The list will be open from 7pm for Open Mikers.  Bring yourself, your voice, and your instrument to this great platform for local talent.




Tegeingl: the old Romana-british name for North-east Wales.
Tegeingl is a Folk Festival that is held every other year. A superb festival was held in August 2012 and the next one will be in 2014. Other regular and  occasional events are held under the Tegeingl banner, such as the evening of conversation and song with Sian James in collaboration with the Daniel Owen Festival.


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