About Catherine Morris

Catherine Morris is a writer and academic. She studied literature at the University of Cambridge while her postgraduate doctoral work was undertaken at the University of Aberdeen and Trinity College Dublin. As a Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing at University College Dublin and a Lecturer in Culture, Community and the University at NUI Galway she delivers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in creative writing, curation, playwriting and performance. At NUI Galway she is a founding member of the Centre for Creative Arts Research and sits on the Digital Abbey Archives Steering Group. Her first book Alice Milligan and the Irish Cultural Revival (Four Courts Press)  came out of a devised research process during the last decade of The Troubles and focussed on the forgotten feminist visual cultural arts practices of Ireland’s Revival; Milligan has subsequently been considered one of the founders of modern Ireland and the author has collaborated on a range of multi-media artist projects inspired by the book including a play by Brazilian Theatre Company Cia Ludens. In 2016, she worked with Nerve Centre in Derry to launch her Graphic Novel as part of the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum in schools across Northern Ireland. She is the co-editor of three journals: Postcolonial Connolly: Special Issue of Interventions, International Journal of Postcolonial Studies (Volume X; no.i 2008); Performing in Digital: Special Issue of Research in Drama Education Spring 2022) and European Capitals of Culture: The Art of Reimagining (Spring 2021). From 2000-2004, she was research editor at the University of Oxford working with John Kelly on volumes IV & V of The Letters of W.B. Yeats (Oxford University Press). Her poem In Mexico City A Woman Said… was written and performed during Galway 2020s Home Truths exhibition (Engage Studios). Her play for a chorus of voices Towards the 12 May  is a homage to Antonio Gramsci; in 2017, she worked with UG and PG students on an adaptation ‘X-Ray Plath’ of the poet’s drama Three Women in a performance for Ireland’s Culture Night. As Liverpool Central Library’s first Writer-in-Residence, she devised a city-wide project and wrote the experimental memoir Intimate Power: Autobiography of a City, montaging life-writing with photo-essays and community interviews made on location at resonant sites across Liverpool. The first Cultural Coordinator for Trinity College Dublin and the National Library, she published several reports including: Creative Cities, the Cities Forum and Libraries Facing the Digital Challenge. Much of her research is focussed on archives, libraries as radial utopian spaces, literary modernism and cities; she has written on feminist visual culture for journals such as Field Day Review and about contemporary artists including Sandra Johnston, Jaki Irvine and Alice Maher. She was the first Director of the Museum of Cambridge; has curated exhibitions with the National Library of Ireland, Liverpool Central Library and was guest curator on the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s El Lissitzky: the Artists and the State. As part of the Northern Ireland Peace Process, Catherine Morris gifted her entire research archive to Omagh Public Library. Further documentation of her artist project Towards a Feminist Modernism can be found on this site; she is currently working with Northern Ireland & the European Public Library network to establish the project’s archives as a digital open learning resource.

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