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Poetry making in the dialysis ward, Cork University Hospital

Date posted: 26 May 2016

Image shown: Haiku Island Press

Haiku Island Press (designer Orlagh O’Brien and artist Tess Leak) will be returning to run poetry making sessions at the Department of Renal Medicine, Cardiac Renal Centre (CRC), in Cork University Hospital (CUH) this summer, with the aim of making a limited edition book. Patients will be invited to join sessions running in the ward. 

Originally from Japan, haiku are short three line poems, often evoking the natural world. Haiku are particularly suited to the ward setting in that they can be made quickly and collaboratively. This kind of poetic form engages the imagination, explores the potential of metaphor and inspires a connection with the present moment. A limited edition book of this collection of poems will be made onsite in the hospital during the autumn.

This project is funded by Cork City Arts Office and  Cork Arts & Health programme, and supported by the CUH Arts Programme with Joanne Lyons, Clinical Nurse Manager and staff of the Dialysis ward.

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