New festival honours Mold author Daniel Owen

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A new festival to honour Mold's Daniel Owen, often described as the Welsh Dickens, takes place in his home town.

Events take place in locations which would have been familiar to the author, including the chapel he attended, Bethesda.

The Pentan pub, formerly the tailor's shop where Owen worked, will host the highlight of the festival, the launch of the first English translation of Enoc Huws, his best-known novel.

Owen was born in 1836 into a mining family. His father and two of his brothers were killed in a mining accident when he was very young.

He went to Bala Theological College with the intention of entering the ministry as a preacher but didn't complete the course.

Instead he worked as a tailor in Mold, preaching on Sundays, and wrote novels including Rhys Lewis and Gwen Tomos, which led to him being called the Welsh Dickens....

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