‘This book reasserts Milligan’s centrality in the intellectual battle to imagine the sort of radically different Ireland which might arise if Ireland achieved true independence. Milligan is a fascinating figure ... Morris’s book shows her as a dynamo … Morris is superb at placing Milligan’s changing ideas within the context of other activists in the revival movement … Crusading in its zeal, yet impressively researched and impassionedly argued, Morris’s book restores Milligan to a central role in the debates of those years, and in doing so Morris re-examines Ireland’s Cultural Revival and the gap between the nation it envisaged and the dour state which came into existence', Dermot Bolger , The Sunday Independent (Sunday 26 February 2012).
‘[Milligan’s] complex identity represents a challenge to all received categories of thought, nationalist as well as unionist, republican as well as loyalist, feminist as well as Fabian. Like all who have a gift for explanation rather than simplification, she felt finally at home “nowhere”, dying without possessions or fanfare. Yet she did more than most of her brilliant generation to expand the expressive freedom of citizens, and even in today’s Ireland we are still learning how to be her contemporaries. Morris’s book is a feat of astonishing research, at once an act of historical rehabilitation and of audacious interpretation’, Declan Kiberd, Irish Times (Saturday 10 March 2012).
‘[Milligan’s] whole life was informed by her mission to make a difference and to make the connection between responsibility and action. And act she did … As a republican activist all her life, her involvement spanned the period from the mid 1890s, the 1898 centenary of the 1798 Rebellion, the struggle for Independence of 1916 through to the Civil War … it is as much her role in what has come to be called the Irish Literary Revival and in the work of the Gaelic League that her enduring mark is made … She threw herself into the Irish language movement … This profound work by Catherine Morris is detailed, well referenced and does some considerable service to current debate. Most of all it affords the reader a view of Ireland and the North before the “carnival of reaction” (in both Southern and Northern sectarian States) that Connolly predicted would be the enduring legacy of partition. In doing so it also offers a glimpse of the possibility of a better, more inclusive future on the whole island … a book which not only remembers a great Irish woman but is one to inform and above all to inspire', Michael Halpenny, Liberty (March 2012).
‘This biography describes [Milligan’s] role in the Irish cultural revival period, 1891–1921, focusing on popular expressions of the cultural revival, not just theatre and literature. Of special interest is discussion of Milligan’s use of visual and performance arts, such as photography, street parades and magic lantern shows, as advocacy and education methods. The book includes a wealth of b&w historical photos and illustrations, about 90 in total', Reference & Research Book news (April 2012).
‘The volume contains a stunning collection of colour plates of decorated book covers, some of Milligan’s sketches for theatrical costume designs and commemorative postcards produced in 2011 for International Women’s Day … This monograph crowns a striking scholarly contribution by Catherine Morris that was inaugurated with an exhibition at the National Library of Ireland', Angus Mitchell, History Ireland (Nov/Dec 2012).
‘Catherine Morris’ study analyses Milligan’s contribution to the Irish Cultural Revival as journalist, novelist and activist, giving a detailed account of al her feminist and nationalist activities during the 1890s … with her enthusiasm and persistence in managing to locate the writer’s archive, and relevant correspondence, she has constructed a striking, multilayered account of Milligan’s long career, generously illustrated throughout, and including delightful sketches from personal diaries, photographs and Milligan’s costume designs for theatre', Hilary Pyle, Irish Arts Review (Summer 2012).
'I fell on this book like a ravening wolf and came away well satisfied … in the picture on the cover she looks a feisty little number … she was amazingly productive … She was amazingly productive … She was an acquaintance of Yeats, Pearse, Connolly, Douglas Hyde, George Russell – all the leading figures in politics and the arts of her day … Morris’ book crams in a wealth of detail about and quotation from this extraordinary woman. Feminist, journalist, republican, psychic, novelist, poet: from the early 1890s to the 1940s, Milligan worked tirelessly to re-awaken the radical Protestant republican tradition of Wolfe Tone … An absorbing biography', Jude Collins, Irish Echo (16 May 2012).