Morgan Llywelyn's 1998
US Tour Schedule:
1916 ~ A Novel of the Irish Rebellion

The Easter Rising of 1916 was a major turning point in Irish history. Inspired by poets and schoolteachers, fueled by a desperate desire for freedom, and played out in the historic strrets of Dublin against the background of World War I, it is a story of tremendous power and unique poignancy.

The novel examines the Irish fight for freedom, which parallels in so many ways America's own bid for independence. Above all, 1916 is the story of valiant patriots who, for a few unforgettable days, held out against the might of an empire to realize an impossible dream.....

TOR/Forge is bringing Morgan Llywelyn to America for a month-long book tour to promote 1916! Ms. Llywelyn will arrive in time for Saint Patrick's Day and return home after Easter. Browse the complete tour schedule of of public appearance dates so that you will know when and where you can meet Morgan Llywelyn, buy a copy of 1916, and have it signed.

'Due to the sheer volume of mail she is receiving, Miss Llywelyn deeply regrets that she will no longer be able to respond to her fans individually. Please be assured of her gratitude for your interest, however...and keep reading!

Tour Schedule of Events 1916 ~ Synopsis of Book
Advance Praise for 1916 Regarding Earlier Works
The Easter Rising

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1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion
Synopsis of Book

1916 is an historical novel bracketed between the sinking of two great ships: the Titanic in 1912, and her sister ship the Britannic during World War I.

The novel opens with Ned Halloran, a fifteen-year-old boy from County Clare. He has boarded the Titanic for what he expects to be the adventure of his life. As the son of a strong farmer, Ned is a member of the Irish middle class which developed in the post-Famine years. He and his parents are on their way to the wedding of Ned's sister in America. Kathleen plans to marry an official of the White Star line and her fiancé has provided her family's passage - second class.

When Ned's parents are lost with the Titanic, he survives and returns to Ireland. There he becomes a student at Saint Enda's, whose dedicated headmaster is a writer and Gaelic enthusiast called Pádraic Pearse. The Pearse family makes Ned welcome. Shy and reserved, but devoted to one another, they help ease the loss of his own family.

Henry Mooney, a journalist in Dublin, also befriends Ned. In August of 1913 the two are together in Sackville Street when Jim Larkin's appearance sets off a riot. Ned is injured. Taking him back to Scoil Eanna gives Henry an opportunity to meet Pearse, as well as the gentle, affable Professor Thomas MacDonagh and flamboyant Joseph Plunkett, who is suffering from tuberculosis. Together Pearse, Plunkett and MacDonagh form the central theme of the book: a conspiracy of poets.

Through Ned's years at Scoil Eanna the novel demonstrates the breadth of Pádraic Pearse's educational vision, as well as describing the gradually unfolding political situation. When Pearse makes Ned a courier for the Volunteers the youth becomes friends with men such as Tom Clarke and Sean MacDermott. He falls in love with the daughter of a Dublin tram conductor, a young woman whose sympathies are antithetical to Irish nationalism. Mary Cosgrave is a shop assistant at Brown Thomas, a girl who worships the status quo. The onset of The Great War fills her with patriotic fervour for Britain.

Ned also develops a relationship with another and very different young woman. Síle Duffy escaped dire poverty in the west of Ireland by running off with a cattle dealer. Now she works in Monto, Dublin's brothel district. No victim, Síle has made her own sort of independence. She and Henry Mooney dislike one another from the beginning.

Meanwhile Ned's sister Kathleen in America has married, but her husband is domineering and abusive. She feels trapped. When she confides in an Irish-American priest, Father Paul O'Shaughnessy, the two are powerfully drawn to one another. Kathleen is also homesick for Ireland. Through Ned's letters she begins to take an interest in the republican movement. Soon she is involved with John Devoy and the Irish Republican Brotherhood in the States.

Ned and his friend Seán Heuston take part in the gun-running at Howth and its terrible aftermath, the Bachelor's Walk massacre. There Ned rescues an abandoned child who knows neither her name nor her address, only that her mama calls her Precious and they live in a house with 'chimbleys'

Ned plays an active role in the preparations for the Rising: O'Donovan Rossa's funeral, Joe Plunkett's trip to help Roger Casement in Germany, the Irish Volunteers' efforts to bring James Connolly and the Citizen Army on board, the appearance of the mysterious 'Castle Document', the drafting of the Proclamation, Eoin MacNeill and the fatal confusion of orders.

Finally come the dramatic, agonising events of Easter Week itself.

1916 depicts the widely varying social situations in Ireland early in this century. It also places the Easter Rising in the larger political context. Thus what may seem a doomed, almost irrational act becomes part of a logical and inevitable progression. The historical background forms part of Ned's education at Scoil Eanna; the American connection which largely funded the Rising is introduced through Ned's sister.

Numerous real-life characters, from Constance Markievicz and Eamonn Ceannt to Sir Matthew Nathan and General John Maxwell, re-create the actual history. Fictional characters such as Ned and his loved ones show its effect on ordinary people. As a result of the Easter Rising some will live, some will die. But all are changed…utterly.

Morgan Llywelyn has spent much of her adult life researching 1916. In addition to studying - and comparing - the available histories, public archives, and memoirs of actual participants, she has been given access to many private papers and family records. The sources of obscure facts are documented; an extensive bibliography is included.

Tour Schedule of Events 1916 ~ Synopsis of Book
Advance Praise for 1916 Regarding Earlier Works
The Easter Rising

Advance praise for 1916:

"1916 - the insurrection which gave birth to an independent Ireland after centuries of struggle. This is a novel in the tradition of EXODUS! An ambitious book which only a novelist of Morgan Llywelyn's stature could have accomplished. Against a powerful backdrop, her characters, fictional and historical, enact their parts in a breath-taking story; a story of high drama and heroism, a story of human tragedy and degradation. This is the stuff of epic sagas and Morgan Llywelyn does not fail to fulfil our expectations. A tour de force!" - Peter Beresford Ellis, author of Hell or Connaaught, The Boyne Water, The Rising of the Moon"

"1916 is a terrific book. The portrait of Pádraic Pearse alone is worth the price of admission." - Thomas Fleming, author of Remember the Morning and Liberty!

"Llywelyn has made a remarkable literary journey over the years, writing brilliantly about the continental Celts, their migration to Ireland, Irish heroes of a millennia ago, and now the Easter Rising. Whether bringing to life the Celts of antiquity or their intrepid descendants who marched out to fight for an Irish republic, Morgan Llywelyn's prose career is enriched by an almost tactile feel for history. Best of all, Llywelyn's painstaking research gives this remarkable novelist an uncanny credibility when she suggests the must-have-beens of the chronicle of Ireland. Those qualities, added to her extraordinary prose, make 1916 a must-read." - Terence Folan, author of The Gold Sun Book of Irish Freedom."

"1916 is indeed an important work. The fact is that the Easter Rising did give rise to de jure Irish nationhood - and this work in novel form is important in establishing a healthy public understanding of how and why it did. Llywelyn has done more than anyone to bring the entire panorama of Irish history to life. In fact she has radically changed the American public perception of the past as it regards Ireland and her people." - John P. Flaherty, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

"A magnificent work. It borders on genius." - William Bulger, President, University of Massachusetts.
Tour Schedule of Events 1916 ~ Synopsis of Book
Advance Praise for 1916 Regarding Earlier Works
The Easter Rising

Tour Schedule of Events

Morgan Llywelyn,
Author of 1916; A Novel of the Irish Rebellion
Schedule of Events AS OF 2/21/98

This tour schedule, which includes confirmed signings and events by date is subject to constant updating until the moment Ms. Llywelyn arrives. As of February 21, 1998 these are the confirmed dates at this time. There are a lot of other signings/events etc. that are tentatively scheduled and as these are confirmed they will be posted.

Prior to Book Tour:
Irish American Post, Milwaukee, WI
Scheduled to run side by side in the March Issue:
Ÿ Interview with Morgan Llywelyn
Ÿ Article on St. Patrick by Morgan Llywelyn
Ÿ Featured in Calendar of Events

Sunday, March 15, 1998—NEW YORK Arrive from Ireland

Monday, March 16, 1998—NEW YORK Radio Satellite Tour

Tuesday, March 17, 1998—Boston, MA (St. Patrick's Day)
Irish Echo (National) Special St. Patrick's Day Magazine Supplement Book Review

New England Cable Newschannel
LIVE Television Interview 160 Wells Avenue
Newton, MA 02159
3-5 minute LIVE segment to air at approximately 6:20 AM "The Morning News" program runs 6:00-7:00 AM.

WNTN Radio 11:30-12:00
143 Rumford Avenue
Live Interview Newton, MA 02106

1:00-1:30 Continental Cablevision Taped TV Interview ( 30 Minute interview)
41 Montvale Ave.
Stoneham, MA 02180
T: 617-438-1342

6:00 Borders Books & Music
Reading & Signing
10-24 School Street
Boston, MA 02108

10:00pm (EST) CompuServe on-line interview Forum – tk via telephone

Wednesday, March 18, 1998
Thursday, March 19, 1998—Atlanta, GA
2:00-2:30pm The Library Channel/Channel 36
Television Taped
"Writers in Focus"
1 Margaret Mitchell Square

7:00 Chapter 11-Emery Store
Reading & Signing
2091 Decatur Road
Atlanta, GA 30033

Friday, March 20, 1998—Asheville, NC
11:30 News 13 at Noon LiveTelevision Interview
WLOS-TV, Channel 13
288 Macon Avenue

7:00 Malaprops Bookstore
Reading & Signing
55 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Saturday, March 21, 1998—Asheville, NC-Washington, DC - Travel Day
Sunday, March 22, 1998—Washington, DC

3:00 Gaelic League of Washington
Tentatively at St. Peter's Church

Monday, March 23, 1998—Washington, DC
7:00 Olsson's Bookstore
Reading & Signing
1200 F. Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Tuesday, March 24, 1998—Washington, DC-Baltimore, MD
Wednesday, March 25, 1998—Baltimore, MD
Bibelot Bookstore
Reading & Signing
2080 York Rd.
Timonium, MD 21093
Thursday, March 26, 1998—Philadelphia, PA
Friday, March 27, 1998—Philadelphia, PA-Boston, MA April issue of An Scáthán—The Celtic Mirror (national) Print Interview

7:00 Gene's Bookstore
Reading & Signing
King of Prussia Plaza
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Saturday, March 28, 1998—Boston, MA
3:00 Tatnuck's Bookstore
Reading & Signing
335 Chandler St.
Worchester, MA 01602
Sunday, March 29, 1998—Boston, MA
Monday, March 30, 1998—Boston, MA
10:30-11:00am Radio interview Taped
1170 Soldiers Field
Boston, MA 02134

Evening Event Time tk
University of Massachusetts
McCormick Institute
T: 617-287-7073 or 617-287-5000/ F: 617-287-7167

Tuesday, March 31, 1998—Providence, RI
Radio Interview Taped ** via telephone ( 20-25 minute interview )
Providence, RI
C: Laura Cannon Interview will air on Sunday, March 29th to promote Boston and Providence appearances.

The Westerly Sun-Print Interview - Westerly, RI - Interview to run in the Arts Section on March 24th or the Entertainment Section on March 27th.

1:30-2:00 WADK-AM
Live Radio Interview
140 Thames Street
Newport, RI 02840

5:30-6:00 WHJJ-AM Radio
Live Radio Interview
115 Eastern Avenue
East Providence, RI 02914

7:30 Books on the Square
Reading & Signing
471 Angell Street
Providence, RI 02906

Wednesday, April 1, 1998— Providence, RI-Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee Sentinel
Book Review to run Sunday, March 29
Thursday, April 2, 1998—Milwaukee, WI
7:00 Harry W. Schwartz
Reading & Signing
17145 West Bluemont Road
Milwaukee, WI
Friday, April 3, 1998—Milwaukee, WI
1:00-3:00 Bookfellows
Tea & Informal Reception
Hosted by Martha O'Mally at the cultural library building

6:00 Irish Cultural & Heritage Center
Lecture & Reception
"First Friday lecture Series"
Celtic Women International
2133 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Saturday, April 4, 1998—Milwaukee, WI-Chicago, IL
3:00-4:30 Anderson's Bookstore
Reading & Signing
176 N. York Rd.
Elmhurst, IL
Sunday, April 5, 1998—Chicago, IL (Palm Sunday)
Monday, April 6, 1998—Chicago, IL
11:30-2:00 Irish Fellowships of Chicago
Lunch Union League Club
Address tk

7:30 Barbara's Bookstore
Reading & Signing
1100 Lake St.
Oak Park, IL

Tuesday, April 7, 1998—New York, NY
Micall Jeffers "Be My Guest" Television Taping
171 Capmfire Rd.
Chappaqua, NY 10514

6:00-7:30pm Borders Books
Reading & Signing
5 World Trade Center
New York, NY 10048

8:00-10:00pm "An Sul na Gael" Show
Television 1 hour taped interview
Queens Public TV

Wednesday, April 8, 1998—New York, NY
8:00AM TV Satellite Tour
Tentative 12:45-1:15
WNYC-AM/FM Radio - Live Interview

6:00-9:00 Fordham University Event
Lecture Q & A 50-60 people
Lincoln Center location

Thursday, April 9, 1998— Madison, CT/New York, NY
News 12 Connecticut "The Exchange"
Live TV 10 Minute Interview
28 Cross Street
Norwalk, CT 06851
Program airs 12:00-1:00 PM

2:00-3:00pm WHPX TV26
"For the Record" ½ hour interview taped
Shaw's Cove Three Suite 226
New London, CT 06320

7:00 RJ Julia Bookstore Reading & Signing
768 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443

Friday, April 10, 1998—Philadelphia, PA (Good Friday)
Tentative - 9:00-10:00pm WGBB- Radio "First Look"
LIVE Radio **via telephone
Long Island, NY

Saturday, April 11, 1998—Philadelphia, PA
Sunday, April 12, 1998—Philadelphia, PA (Easter Sunday)
Monday, April 13, 1998—Fairfield, CT
8:00pm Gaelic American Club
Lecture/ Q&A A reception will follow
74 Beach Rd.
Fairfield, CT 06430
Tuesday, April 14, 1998—Toronto, CANADA
Wednesday, April 15, 1998—Toronto, CANADA

Tour Schedule of Events 1916 ~ Synopsis of Book
Advance Praise for 1916 Regarding Earlier Works
The Easter Rising

On earlier works:

"Llywelyn breathes passion and believability into historic characters with a talent few writers can equal." - The Irish Press

"Pithy meditations on men, women, honor and war combine with an epic plot as befits a culture with a strong oral tradition." - The New York Times

"A major talent for historic fiction." - Parade of Books

"Her battle scenes are as finely honed and spare as any ever written by Hemingway." - The Irish Echo

"Llywelyn's novels provide intelligent accessibility to the distant past."- The London Sunday Times

"Historical fiction at its best, thoroughly researched by a writer with a deep understanding both of political intrigue and human psychology." - The Washington Post

"Convincing characterisations, vivid, detailed descriptions, and constantly building suspense are the hallmarks of Llywelyn's novels." - The Dallas Morning News

Tour Schedule of Events 1916 ~ Synopsis of Book
Advance Praise for 1916 Regarding Earlier Works
The Easter Rising

The Easter Rising ...

The Easter Rising of 1916 was a major turning point in Irish history. Inspired by poets and schoolteachers, fueled by a desperate desire for freedom, and played out in the historic strrets of Dublin against the background of World War I, it is a story of tremendous power and unique poignancy.

The novel examines the Irish fight for freedom, which parallels in so many ways America's own bid for independence. Above all, 1916 is the story of valiant patriots who, for a few unforgettable days, held out against the might of an empire to realize an impossible dream.....

In the morning of Easter Monday, April 24th 1916, shortly after noon, the Irish Republic was proclaimed in Dublin, and the insurgent Tricolour suddenly broke upon startled eyes flying from the flagstaff above the General Post Office in the very heart of the Irish capital and the Proclamation of the Irish Republic which began:

"Irishmen and Irishwomen! In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives the old tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag, and strikes for her freedom ……."

We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland, and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible……In every generation the Irish people have asserted their right to National freedom and sovereignty; six times during the past three hundred years they have asserted it in arms. Standing on that fundamental right and again asserting it in arms in the face of the world, we hereby proclaim the Irish Republic as a Sovereign Independent Sate, and we pledge our lives and the lives of our comrades to the cause of its freedom, of its welfare, and of its exaltation among the nations ……

Tour Schedule of Events 1916 ~ Synopsis of Book
Advance Praise for 1916 Regarding Earlier Works
The Easter Rising

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