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  • Tiny, Kind Gestures
  • Yonder Garden
  • Tiny Kind Gestures launch
  • Soundfields


Haiku Island Press is a new approach to publishing that engages creators from the first spark all the way to a final crafted object. The Press is the creative initiative of artists Tess Leak and book designer Orlagh O’Brien working in collaboration. Tess’s practice incorporates visual art, text, sound and music and is inspired by ‘the generosity of finding surprises’. Orlagh’s background is in graphic design and teaching with an ongoing interest in craft-printing, bookmaking and collaborative workshops.


Kindly Supported byKindly Supported by Cork Arts Office, Cork University Hospital, the HSE and Cork City Council

Bookmaking Workshop

In the winter of 2013, a group of Sherkin Islanders, initiated by Tess Leak, created a collection of haiku poems.  Read More

Tiny Kind Gestures

A poetry and book-making project which took place in the Department of Renal Medicine in Cork University Hospital. Read More


‘Arboretum’ is a collection of creative writings made with participants across three West Cork healthcare settings.  Read More


Soundfields is the first collection of poems by ‘The Seisiun Poets’ – residents of Perrott House, West Cork. Read More

Tess Leak’s Book Art

Tess has exhibited her own work across West Cork and beyond, including the Sarah Walker Gallery. Read More


“Blossoms” is a collection of Mairead Meade’s writing from a period of hospitalisation with mental illness in 1997.  Read More