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Essential festival: Aspects Festival, Bangor, September 18 to 25

Owen O'Neill is taking part in this year's Aspects Festival in Bangor

WHILE the Aspects Festival is primarily a celebration of the written word, there are a couple of notable music and comedy-based events included in this year's programme.

Noted Co Tyrone wit Owen O'Neill will be celebrating his love of poetry with a new live show, Red Noise (September 23, Festival Yurt, 9.30pm), a "poetic and comedic" 60-minute set.

Before this (Festival Yurt, 5pm), O'Neill will join local man made good Colin Bateman and others for a panel discussion on the participants' favourite humorous literature and how to 'write funny'.

Van Morrison is doing another Lit Up Inside event (September 21, Culloden Hotel, 8pm) based around his recently published collection of lyrics, this time featuring Van in conversation with a number of 'invited friends' whose identities will be revealed in due course.

Aspects also brings us a musical collaboration between pre-rock and roll-loving singer/songwriter Duke Special and trad outfit Ulaid: Belfast Suite (September 24, Festival Yurt, 8pm) has been inspired by "obscure treasures" discovered in the collection of indigenous historian and antiquary Francis J Bigger and the titular city's backstory.

:: See Aspectsfestival.com for full programme and ticket information.

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