Book Launch: 'Alice Milligan and the Irish Cultural Revival' by Catherine Morris

This book will be launched by Professor Declan Kiberd on Wednesday 14 March 2012 in the National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

A profound and moving analysis of one of the greatest inventors of modern Ireland, this account of Alice Milligan itself displays those qualities of intellectual versatility and imaginative audacity which ennobled her life through its many astonishing phases.’ Declan Kiberd

This book is the first study to explore the life and work of Alice Milligan (1866-¬1953). A prolific writer for over six decades, she published her work in a range of genres (poetry, short stories, novels, travelogues, biography, plays, journalism, letters, and memoirs). From 1891 to the 1940s, she founded a series of cultural, feminist, commemorative and political organizations that put the north on the map of the Irish Cultural Revival and provided a new resonance to Irish visual culture. A contemporary of W.B. Yeats, Standish O’Grady and Arthur Griffith, she put culture and the arts at the very centre of the civic society she wanted to create. This book not only reclaims an unjustly forgotten Irish cultural and political activist during this foundational era in modern Ireland, but also provides new ways of interpreting the Irish Cultural Revival itself.

About the author

Catherine Morris is the Cultural Coordinator for Trinity College Dublin and the National Library of Ireland. She holds a degree in literature from the University of Cambridge, a PhD from the University of Aberdeen and has been the recipient of several university fellowship awards. As a writer, editor and curator she has published extensively and taught literature in several universities. In 2010 she currated an exhibition on Alice Milligan in the National Library of Ireland, which was opened to acclaim by actress Fiona Shaw.

For further information, or to arrange an interview with Catherine Morris, please contact Anthony Tierney or Meghan Donaldson, Four Courts Press at (01) 453 4668 or via email at

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