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Sherkin Island Haiku Group members Ber Burns, Sue Cahalan, Jo Ashby and Tina Reed

Light Between the Seasons – A Year of Sherkin Island Haiku Poetry just published

The collection includes edited Haiku threads and animated banter from conversations that circulated between band members via WhatsApp during the Covid lockdown over a twelve-month period from September 2020 to August 2021.

All proceeds from the sale of the book will be used to fund the purchase of the former Sherkin Island National School building for community purposes.

This latest collection includes over 200 Haiku poems, as well as illustrations of island flora by members of the Haiku group.

To celebrate the new book, members of the group placed haiku poems around the island.

With three lines and seventeen syllables, haiku is a form of Japanese poetry.

The Haiku featured in this book capture the ever-changing wild beauty of nature and life. They give the feeling of a close community bound together by creativity and a shared love of Sherkin Island in Roaringwater Bay, West Cork.

The Sherkin Island Haiku Group first met in the winter of 2013 when artist and facilitator, Tess Leak, held haiku workshops in the Sherkin Island Community Hall. Their first book, ‘Haiku Island’ recorded this experience, followed by ‘Bare Branches’, a collection of Tanka poems.

With the onset of the global Covid19 pandemic, Haiku poets have formed a WhatsApp group so they can continue to share their poetry during lockdown, and as a way to keep the community both on and off. island, connected. Nearly 200 haiku from this period appeared in ‘Together Apart – Haiku from a secure down Sherkin Island’ in 2021.

Tess Leak said: “Like all of our poetry collections to date, ‘Light Between Seasons’ has been an absolute labor of love for everyone involved and we are very grateful for the support of the Sherkin Island Development Society (SIDS) .

“We are delighted to donate all proceeds from the book this year to help fund the purchase of the former Sherkin Island National School building and garden to create a ‘Neart’ hub for the island community.”

“Neart” is the Irish word for strength. The fundraising target is €80,000 to cover the purchase, after which a decision will be made by the community regarding its upgrade, development and future use as a hub for various uses such as educational, heritage or cultural activities.

Books are available for €15 including postage or via email [email protected]

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