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A translation of one of Daniel Owen’s short stories from ‘Fireside Tales’ is to be read this Sunday on ‘Phil the Shelf’, BBC Radio Wales’ book programme, presented by Phil Rickman.

Poet, comedian and performer, Les Barker will read from ‘God-sent’ – a short tale about a dog – which is one of the 19 short stories in ‘Fireside Tales’ written by the 19th Century Welsh novelist, Daniel Owen – one of Wales’ most famous sons.

John Mainwaring of Brown Cow Publishing commented. “It’s a thrill to have Daniel Owen’s work read on one of BBC Radio Wales’ most popular radio programmes by a well known performer like Les, alongside extracts from contemporary authors such as Anthony Horowitz and and Tricia Ashley. This year is the first time Fireside Tales has been published in English and we’re pleased that so many will get to hear part of it. The project to re-publish Daniel Owen’s work in Welsh and English came about because we wanted to give Owen a new and wider audience. We’re delighted that BBC Radio Wales have chosen ‘Fireside Tales’ and Les Barker for their literature magazine programme.”

Les Barker read ‘God-sent’ at the book launch for ‘Fireside Tales’ in October with many remarking afterwards, that Owen’s work was tailor-made for the warmth and unique style of Les.

‘Phil the Shelf’ will be broadcast on Sunday 13th November, 2011 at 5:00 pm and thereafter will be available on BBC Radio Wales’, ‘Listen Again’ for one week.

‘Fireside Tales’ £8.95 [ISBN: 978-0-9567031-1-8] is published by Brown Cow publishing and Y Lolfa and is available from bookshops or from www.browncowpublishing.com or www.ylolfa.com

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