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

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