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Daniel Owen Festival 2018

Jam-packed week of events during the Daniel Owen Festival 2018

There is something for everyone in this year’s Daniel Owen Festival in Mold. The life and achievements of Daniel Owen, the outstanding Welsh-language novelist of the 19thcentury, will be celebrated during a lively week-long festival from 20 to 26 October this year.

In keeping with other commemorations in Mold marking 100 years since the end of the First World War, the Daniel Owen Festival will include a talk on the Battle of Zandvoorde, Belgium. Tim Jones, a former engineer who served with the Royal Welch Fusiliers (RWF), will talk about the first battle of Ypres and the last stand of the 1st battalion the RWF. Zandvoorde was the 7th Division’s attempt to stop the Germans reaching the port of Ostend in 1914.  He says the RWF got annihilated in this battle and feels such conflicts are largely forgotten. The talk will examine what the consequences could have been if the German army had succeeded. Mold and District Civic Society is sponsoring this event, which will be held on Thursday 25 October, 7.30pm, at Tyddyn Street Church, Mold CH7 1DX. Tickets are £3 each.  

The eclectic Festival programme includes arts events, theatrical performances, guided heritage walks, activities for children, talks, as well as the prestigious Daniel Owen Lecture. This year’s lecture will be given by Dr Haydn Edwards and his subject is ‘Daniel Owen y gwleidydd’, (‘Daniel Owen the politician’). Cymdeithas Wil Bryan is sponsoring the Festival Lecture, which will be held on Monday 22 October, 7.30pm, at Bethesda Chapel, New Street, Mold CH7 1UL.It is given in Welsh with simultaneous translation into English. Tickets are £4 each.

One of the highlights of the Daniel Owen Festival is the annual Theatr Clwyd Young Writer’s Competition. On Tuesday 23 October, 7pm, the suspense will be over when the winners are announced and their work performed by professional actors in the Clwyd Room, Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA. This event is free, suitable for all ages, and to book your tickets please contact Theatr Clwyd box office 01352 701521.

Many events are free of charge, although some will have a nominal fee. Tickets can be booked at Mold Town Council, or by telephoning 01352 758532.

The Festival is organised by a group of volunteers which includes representatives from key organisations promoting literature, the arts, heritage and the Welsh language in Flintshire; Bethesda Chapel, Cittaslow Mold, Dysgu Cymraeg, Flintshire County Council Arts Culture and Events, Menter Iaith Fflint a Wrecsam, Mold and District Civic Society, and Theatr Clwyd. New members are always welcome to join.

Sponsors include Barclays Bank, Cymdeithas Wil Bryan, Friends of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley, Keene and Kelly Solicitors, Menter Iaith Fflint a Wrecsam, Mold Town Council, Synthite, Theatr Clwyd, Walkabout Flintshire.

Come along and join us at the Daniel Owen Festival from the 20 to 26 October. To find out more about this year’s programme please visit the Daniel Owen Festival web or Facebook or follow twitter @DanielOwen1836