Aspects Festival Bangor 2014

    The Aspects Irish Literature Festival is a festival with a long history and proud pedigree, dedicated to celebrating the best of Irish writing in a variety of areas and styles.

    Established in 1991 under the Directorship of Kenneth Irvine (now the Festival Director Emeritus), the festival has taken place annually each September showcasing all the biggest names of Irish Literature, as well as up and coming talent and friends of the festival from further afield whose work is of interest. Notable visitors over the years have included Seamus Heaney, Colin Bateman, Roddy Doyle, Maeve Binchy, Fergal Keane, Paul Muldoon, Michael Longley, Derek Mahon, John Banville, Colm Toibin and Jennifer Johnston, to name a few.

    Part of the Aspects remit is to encourage new writing, which happens most notably through the activities of the Young Aspects Festival. As well as hosting guests who will be of interest to young readers, the Young Aspects writers in schools events see such luminaries as Bernard MacLaverty, Sinead Morrissey and Liz Weir visit schools in the Borough to talk about writing and inspire young writers. Our young writers have an outlet for their writing too in the Young Aspects Showcase, where pupils are chosen by their schools or through a competition to read a piece of their own work on the festival main stage.

    One of our favourite compliments about the festival comes from poet Bernard O’Donoghue, who describes Aspects as “one of the great gatherings”. We always try to keep the festival programme broad to appeal to a wide range of tastes, so check out what’s on offer this year and we’ll see you at the festival!


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