The Aspects Irish Literature Festival has a long tradition of embracing writing in all its forms and bringing household names to Bangor.
Aspects 2017 brings you a host of renowned authors including Colm Tóibín, Frank McGuinness, Peter Fallon, Carol Drinkwater, Kelly Creighton and many more.
Poetry lovers are in for a treat too with a whole host of poetry events on offer. From the annual poetry slam to readings from Michael Longley, Moyra Donaldson and Paul Madden and an event featuring Rachel McCrum.
With live music from Joshua Burnside and plenty for younger audiences with Gruffalo yoga and Myra Zepf’s children’s workshops, there really is something for everyone at this year’s Aspects.
Our top 7 highlights of Aspects 2017 this year:
Dr Thérèse Cullen
Saturday 23 September, 2pm
In the Footsteps of St Columbanus:
A Pilgrimage from Bangor to Bobbio
Join Therese for an illustrated talk on the life of St Columbanus, which considers the influence of Bangor Abbey beyond these shores. Following in the footsteps of the first of the Irish saints to embark on perpetual pilgrimage. Columbanus set sail from Bangor in 591, founding monasteries across Europe, from Gaul to Bobbio.
Sunday 17 September, 1pm-3pm
Ward Park to Luke’s Point
Boom Studios will host a Sketch Walk from Ward Park to Luke’s Point inspired by the words of local author Ian Sansom.
A Walk on the Wild Side
Saturday 16th September,
£25 per person (please state any dietary requirements when booking)
If you like your poetry with a generous helping of the great outdoors and some sneaky snacks, then the Walk on the Wild Side workshop is perfect for you!
Saturday 23 September, 4pm
Bangor on the Hereford world map (c1300)
Civitas Bencur – the City of Bangor – appears on a single surviving medieval world- map: the Hereford mappa mundi (c.1300). This map achieves an extraordinary ambition: to present a universal visual library on a sheet of vellum measuring 5 feet 2 inches by 4 feet 4 inches. The map gives Ireland and Britain a vital role in its essential narrative: the story of the human race and its salvation. Bangor’s contribution to this story becomes apparent when the Hereford map is read in the context of key texts, including Bernard of Clairvaux’s Life of Malachy of Armagh, who revived Bangor’s monastic heritage in the early twelfth century.
David Park and Bernie McGill
Sunday 24 September, 3pm
Introduced by Malachi O’Doherty
North Down Museum
Join David and Bernie for what promises to be a lively and engaging conversation between two of Northern Ireland’s most accomplished authors.
David Park is a prize winning novelist and short story writer, from The Healing Club (1992) to Stone Kingdoms (1996) to The Big Snow (2002).
Bernie McGill is novelist from Northern Ireland. In 2008 she won the Zoetrope: All- Story Short Fiction Award in the US, and her first novel The Butterfly Cabinet was published in 2011.
Clandeboye and the World Wars
Thursday 14 September, 7.30pm
Lady Dufferin, Clandeboye Estate
Lady Dufferin’s presentation will explore the involvement of Clandeboye in each of the World Wars, from Lady Hermione Blackwood’s service as a nurse in France in WWI, to the fourth Marquess’s death in action in Burma during WWII, and the use of the grounds at Clandeboye in both wars as a training camp for British and American soldiers. It will give special attention to the role of Helen’s Tower as a symbol of WWI, and its reconstruction as the Ulster Tower, Northern Ireland’s war memorial at Thiepval in northern France.
Michael Longley – Reads the war poems
Thursday 14 September 3.45pm
Clandeboye Reading Party
The Festival takes place from 14-24 September at various locations around Bangor. For further information on the programme and to book tickets see aspectsfestival.com