Haiku Island Press,  designer Orlagh O’Brien and artist Tess Leak, will be running poetry making sessions in the Department of Renal Medicine, Cork University Hospital this autumn, with the aim of making a limited edition book. All patients are invited to join two sessions running in the ward on Monday  14 and 21 September 2015 at 2.30pm. 

These will start the haiku making in a light way and will hopefully be the beginning of a longer project. 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, collaboratively and with little effort.This kind of poetic form engages the imagination, explores the potential of metaphor and inspires a connection with the present moment.

The long term goal is to make a beautiful limited edition book of this collection of poems. The books will be made by the artists, patients and (if appropriate) staff of the department during a hands-on workshop in the hospital.

Kindly funded by Cork City Arts Office and supported by CUH Arts Officer Edelle Nolan with Joanne Lyons, Clinical Nurse Manager.

For further information see www.haikuislandpress.com


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