All Aspects covered at Bangor's Irish literature festival

Carlo Gebler is at North Down Museum on Friday
Carlo Gebler is at North Down Museum on Friday

POET Ciaran Carson, novelist Sheila O’Flanagan, broadcaster Marie-Louise Muir and spoken-word artist Polarbear are among the names at the Aspects Irish Literature Festival in Bangor.

Aspects was launched last weekend by Bangor man Colin Bateman; the full programme of events began yesterday, with Michael Longley, Helen Nicholl and crime writers Kelly Creighton and Jason Johnson appearing.

This evening sees BBC Arts Extra presenter Muir talk about her favourite Irish books at Bangor Carnegie Library, while Colin Reid and Reggie Chamberlain-King’s new production The Metamorphosis is staged at Bangor Castle.

Tomorrow Dublin-born Carlo Gebler and Bangor-based Ian Sanson take part in a discussion, Jane Talbot launches her short story collection The Faerie Thorn and Gare St Lazare Players bring Beckett’s short story The End to SERC college theatre.

Len Graham, Ciaran Carson and Deirdre Carson bring tomorrow’s events to a close with an evening of poetry, stories and song; on Saturday Polarbear and other performance poets perform at the marquee while on Sunday BBC NI political correspondent Stephen Walker discusses his new book Ireland’s Call, about Irish sporting heroes who died in the First World War.

For more information visit www.AspectsFestival.com