The Nature of Impermanence LIMITED TICKETS ADDED! Henrietta McKervy and Kerri Ní Dochartaigh in conversation with Neil Hegarty and Nora Hickey M'Sichili

In Partnership with Belfast Book Festival

  • Saturday 12th November @ 12:00 pm
  • Chester Beatty
  • FREE

Impermanence (No Alibis Press) is a collection of twelve essays by writers from, or living in, Northern Ireland. The book is edited by author Neil Hegarty, and Nora Hickey M’Sichili, Director of the Centre Culturel Irlandais (CCI), Paris.

Join the editors for this special lunchtime event where they will be in conversation with two of the publication’s contributors: Henrietta McKervey and Kerri Dochartaigh. Panellists will reflect upon the book’s themes and suggest ways of looking at our past, present and future, as we live through a period of unparalleled change.

Impermanence was commissioned by the CCI and published by No Alibis Press. These essays are written against the backdrop of Brexit, the Covid pandemic and the centenary of the partition of Ireland.

Impermanence was supported by Culture Ireland, DFA, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and British Council in Northern Ireland.

Neil Hegarty

Neil Hegarty grew up in Derry. His novels include The Jewel, described by the Irish Times as ‘a vital book for our time’, and Inch Levels, which was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Novel of the Year award in 2017. 

Neil’s non-fiction titles include Frost: That Was the Life That Was, a biography of David Frost; and The Story of Ireland, which accompanies the BBC television history of Ireland. His essays and short fiction have appeared in the Dublin Review, Stinging Fly, Tangerine and elsewhere; and he is co-editor with Nora Hickey M’Sichili of ImpermanenceNeil lives in Dublin.

Henriette McKervy

Henrietta McKervey has published four critically acclaimed novels. The most recent, A Talented Man (2020) is a psychological suspense about a forged sequel to Dracula. She has a Hennessy First Fiction Award and won the inaugural UCD Maeve Binchy Travel Award. Most recently, she features in the essay collection Impermanence (June 2022, NoAlibis Press) and in A Little Unsteadily Into Light: New Dementia-Inspired Fiction (September 2022, New Island). She curates the annual ECHOES festival, writes a podcast column for the Irish Independent, and is a regular contributor to RTÉ radio. From Belfast, she currently lives in Dublin.

Nora Hickey M’Sichili 

As Director of the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris since 2013, Nora Hickey M’Sichili is a cultural ambassador for Ireland showcasing and supporting the country’s artists in an international context. In 2021 she published a strategic plan with ambitions for the capital development of the Centre. Nora has worked as Curator in the Hunt Museum, Limerick, as founding curator of the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, and as Director of Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray. She is currently Chair of FICEP, the body that represents the 58 international arts centres based in Paris and a board member of the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland.

Kerri Ní Dochartaigh

Kerri ní Dochartaigh is the author of Thin Places (Canongate, 2020) which was highly commended by the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing 2021. She has written for the Guardian, the Irish Times, the BBC, Winter Papers, and others. Her second book, Cacophony of Bone, is forthcoming in April 2023.