Press Release 2015 Festival

Daniel Owen festival returns for a Sixth Year!


Something for everybody

October 2015 sees this literature and arts festival returning to Mold and the surrounding area for the sixth time. The week of events celebrates the life and work of the town’s most famous son, the Victorian novelist who rose from poverty to national popularity and fame in his lifetime. Within ten years of his death in October 1895 the public subscribed to erect the statue, now in the Square which bears his name.


The 2015 programme is already in place and runs from Saturday 17 to Friday 23 October . Full details can be seen on


Speaking on behalf of the small but enthusiastic organising group, Kevin Matthias said, “The full programme has something for everyone, for all ages and interests. Some events are in Welsh, and others are in English or bi-lingual. It’s an ideal opportunity for people to enjoy what is unique to the area, its culture, language, and heritage.  Many of the people taking part are from the local area. I hope locals and visitors alike will get together and enjoy a range of activities which will celebrate some of the best that north east Wales can offer.”


Dave Hill, Mold Town Manager, said, “The Daniel Owen Festival is something the town looks forward to every October. This year the refurbished Daniel Owen Square will ensure that we have an appropriate venue for some of the activities and for such events in the future. I hope as many as possible take advantage of what the festival has to offer and hope it is a great success. With the other events that Mold has to offer it helps to attract people to the area and raises the profile of the town”.


Highlights of the event include the young writers’ prize-giving ceremony at Clwyd Theatr Cymru where professional actors present the shortlisted pieces. This year has seen a record number of entries on the theme ‘My people’. The week starts with a fun art event for all the family. Magi Ann the popular cartoon character and local buskers will be out in the Square to lend their support!  The same evening there will be a concert by Flint Male Voice Choir and Parti’r Siswrn. The Daniel Owen lecture this year will be by Bob Morris the popular historian and speaker.  The festival also includes the launch of another English translation of Daniel Owen’s work ‘Rhys Lewis’, a watercolour masterclass by the renowned artist Emrys Williams, and a lecture on Richard Wilson the famous landscape artist buried in Mold churchyard. Guided walks in 2015 highlight places in the town associated with Daniel Owen, the urban and industrial heritage of the nineteenth century; the history of the landscape and place-names of Nercwys Mountain and the legacy of lead mining in Halkyn.


Many events are free of charge, although some will have a nominal fee. Tickets can be booked at Mold Library, or by telephoning 01352 754791.


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


Sponsors include Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Cymdeithas Wil Bryan, Flintshire County Council, Keene and Kelly Solicitors, Mold Town Council and Synthite


If you would like to get involved in the Daniel Owen Festival or to be a sponsor please phone Kevin Matthias on 01352 754903.


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Editors please contact Kevin Matthias on 01352 754903 or Nia Jones on 01352 754791 for further details.