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Gwyl Daniel Owen Festival 2020

Gwyl Daniel Owen Festival 2020

This year’s week long Gŵyl Daniel Owen Festival in Mold was launched quietly by Mayor of Mold, Teresa Carberry, in Daniel Owen Square, appropriately at the statue of the eminent Victorian author Daniel Owen who lived and worked in the town. 

The Festival is taking place this week from Saturday 17 to Friday 23 October. The week marks the dates of the Welsh language novelist Daniel Owen’s birth and death. It will be a new hybrid event as it goes digital for the first time, as well as having a number of outdoor guided walks. 

There will be a competition all week ‘Daniel Owen and Me / Daniel Owen a Fi’ for the most eye-catching photograph of someone by the author’s statue, taken in Daniel Owen Square, Mold. The great prize is £25 worth of Totally Mold vouchers. Details and the entry form are on the Daniel Owen Festival web site.

Gwenno Jones helped children and their adults to get crafty on Saturday afternoon during an online bi-lingual workshop to make a garden bird feeder out of everyday recycled materials.

Kevin Matthias, on behalf of the Festival organising group, said, “With an online event every day during the Daniel Owen Festival, people from far and wide will have the opportunity to attend free events from the comfort of their own arm chair. Starting on Monday evening the prestigious annual lecture given in Welsh by Aled Lewis Evans, reflects on Daniel Owen’s creative legacy and the ways in which he has influenced others writing in the Welsh language. 

“On Tuesday evening winner of the National Eisteddfod Learner of the Year, Fiona Collins, will be in conversation with Eirian Conlon and Welsh language learners are invited to join them. Then on Wednesday Fiona meets up with winner of the Urdd Welsh Language Learner, Francesca Sciarrrillo, to chat about their experiences learning Welsh in North East Wales.

“Thursday and Friday’s Festival programme includes English language events with an illustrated lecture on Thursday evening by Dr Robert Lomas. His theme is the little known fact that Daniel Owen’s career as an author started when he was asked to translate a melodramatic American Temperance Tract called Ten Nights in a Bar into Welsh. He moved the story to Mold and retold it as Ten Nights in the Black Lion. This talk relates how Daniel struggled to complete the translation, and the problems he faced. It also reflects on whether we can learn more about Daniel’s development as a story teller and as a person.

“The final online event in the Festival promises to bring to life somewhere treasured by many people in Mold – Bailey Hill. Eminent local historian, David Rowe, takes as the theme of his illustrated talk, Bailey Hill – Then and Now. Steeped in over a thousand-year history, David will bring the parks often turbulent past to life. He will be joined by Jo Lane, Bailey Hill project officer, who will bring us right up to date with the big changes to improve the park and to answer your questions.

“During the week there will be four socially distanced guided local history walks at places in Mold and the fantastic surrounding countryside associated with the author, the Daniel Owen Festival has something for everyone to enjoy.”

All the events are free. To pre-register and for more information, visit the website www.danielowenfestival.com or Facebook or follow twitter @DanielOwen1836. You can also email  or phone Mold Town Council on 01352 758532 for details.