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Fireside Tales: Press Release

The first complete English translation of Straeon y Pentan (from the original 1895 Welsh version) will be published in October by Brown Cow Publishing in partnership with Y Lolfa, as part of the Daniel Owen Signature Series. Fans of last year’s title from the series, The Trials of Enoc Huws, will be keen to own the new book, called Fireside Tales. The collection is nineteen short stories and character portraits, first published in Welsh.

This new volume showcases the trademark quick wit and good-natured satire for which the author’s novels are admired.
Often based on popular urban legends of the period, Fireside Tales is full of fascinating, often funny, depictions of nineteenth century life in Wales:

• mischievous boys fool a factory worker into believing his head is expanding;
• a lonely shepherd experiences a frightening premonition; and
• a young man finds himself in trouble when he is mistaken for a wanted criminal, and tragic consequences ensue when two young suitors pursue the same pretty girl.

Populated by a cast of beautiful women, over-zealous preachers, gullible simpletons and the occasional ghost, Daniel Owen’s Fireside Tales appears this year in English for the first time. Intended to be read by the fireside on long Victorian evenings, this book is sure to bring welcome warmth to our modern lives.

Translated by Adam Pearce and edited by Derec Llwyd Morgan, Fireside Tales will be launched during the 2011 Daniel Owen Festival
at a ticket-only event at Clwyd Theatr Cymru on Monday 17th October at 7:30pm.

“With limited time and resource, we chose Fireside Tales, one of the shortest of Daniel Owen’s five main works, as this year’s translation,” explains John Mainwaring. “Both Adam Pearce and Derec Llwyd Morgan have worked incredibly hard to make this come together, and I am indebted to them both for their good-natured willingness in giving so much of their personal time. I can only assume they get as much pleasure from Owen’s work as I do, and I am sure they would join me in saying how much of an honour it is to have been able to work on the text and to present this copy to the world.”

For more information, call John Mainwaring on 01244 545822.

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