HELLO AND WELCOME

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 this year still 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. This year is no different as we bring you a wide variety of events,from poetry to history, journalism to crime, songwriting to comedy and, some might say, everything in between!

For our Silver Anniversary we have put together a very special programme. It has been hard to contain ourselves knowing that Van Morrison will be performing and talking about his song writing and poetry. And, of course, no conversation would be complete without some special guests. All will be revealed closer to the time, so keep checking our website and social media for details.

We are 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.

To nurture reading and creativity there will be workshops for emerging writers and family events to engage both young and old. Bangor Castle Walled Garden will host our Festival Yurt, a unique and atmospheric venue for Aspects’ weekend events.

It’s a festival programme with something to inspire both the writer and the reader in you, come and join us to celebrate, delight in and discover Irish writing anew.

We look forward to seeing you!

Aspects Festival Team

On Sun 25 September Aspects Festival

Continuing Aspects tradition of presenting new voices, we are pleased to present Scott McKendry, Erin Halliday and Andy Eaton from the recent landmark anthology of our new generation of poets. The anthology is edited by Sinead Morrissey and @Stephen Connolly both of which will be here on the night to introduce the work.
Book on: aspectsfestival.com/future-always-makes-thirsty-sun-25-sept/
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The Future Always Makes Me So Thirsty @North Down Museum

September 25, 2016, 8:00pm - September 25, 2016, 9:30pm

This part of the world is rightly celebrated the world over for its rich poetic heritage and vibrant poetry culture – Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, Medbh McGuckian, Paul Muldoon, Leonita Flynn and...

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On Sun 25 September Aspects Festival

It's the stuff of legends. In the summer of 1958 Northern Ireland stood just one game away from a semi-final appearance in the World Cup against the mighty Brazil....Director Evan Marshall will give an introductory talk prior to this special Aspects screening of Spirit of ’58 – a new documentary on Northern Ireland’s wonderful 1958 team (NI 2015, 61mins, Documentary Panorama) - please note this event is now fully booked.
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Spirit of '58 @Festival Yurt

September 25, 2016, 4:00pm - September 25, 2016, 5:30pm

Director Evan Marshall will give an introductory talk prior to this special Aspects screening of Spirit of ’58 – a new documentary on Northern Ireland’s wonderful 1958 team (NI 2015, 61mins, Doc...

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