The Bangor Book
The roots of writing run deep in Bangor. ‘The Bangor Book’, which launched in September at Clandeboye Estate, explores this rich literary history and brings together a unique collection of writing which has Bangor as its muse.
This is the first publication of the Aspects Festival – an annual celebration of Irish writing that has played a key role in keeping the profile of this amazing tradition of words and writing high in the area.
Compiled by one of Aspects’ founders, Kenneth Irvine, ‘The Bangor Book’ gathers together poems and prose, from historic writing to up-to-the-minute contemporary works and features writers from Columbanus to Colin Bateman.
In his prologue, acclaimed novelist Glenn Patterson describes Bangor as a destination of the imagination for generations of writers, and this book bears testament to the truth of this with pieces –poetry, prose and historic writing – which shine a spotlight on every aspect of local life from people and personal reflections, to locations from Ballyholme to Bangor Castle.
It includes an amazing range of well-known figures from the writing world and beyond.
Kenneth Irvine says: “The great literary tradition, which began in Bangor with Columbanus, continues to thrive and prosper today. The joy of working on this collection of writing from and about Bangor, and North Down, has been the way that contributors have memorialised the place within their writings.”
Available now from the Museum gift shop.