Aspect Festival Dates


A quarter of a century has passed since the first Aspects Festival took place and its spirit remains ‘a celebration of Irish Writing’. We are delighted to return each year celebrating, nurturing and exploring the extraordinary literary talent found locally and throughout the island.

Aspects has a tradition of embracing an eclectic range of writing. For our Silver Anniversary, which took place in September 2016, we put together a very special programme. It was hard to contain ourselves knowing that Van Morrison would be performing and talking about his song writing and poetry. And, of course, no conversation would be complete without some special guests - including Kim Catrall, Paul Muldoon, Ian Rankin, Scarlett Sabet and Dr Eamonn Hughes.

We were also delighted this year to launch our very first Aspects book, The Bangor Book. This is a celebration of writing from and about Bangor, a town with a fascinating literary history. You can purchase copies at the North Down Museum gift shop!

Feel free to peruse this site to see the range of events that were on our 25th Anniversary programme. For us, we are beginning to plan a festival programme for 2017 which will inspire both the writer and the reader in you. Everyone is invited to come and join us to celebrate, delight in and discover Irish writing anew.

We look forward to seeing you!

Aspects Festival Team

Find great gift ideas, including The Bangor Book, at North Down Museum's annual Christmas Market coming up this weekend! Catch up with Neill's Teddies and a special visit of Santa is due on Saturday (c.12.30-1.30pm). ... See MoreSee Less

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