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Invisible Octopus Poem:
“Here is a poem, a story, an animation, of a life triumphant under the weight of a debilitating illness M.E., of a woman whose words are her lifeline, an inspiration to others.” Dolores Ronayne, Poet.

‘Invisible Octopus’ started off as narration to a puppetry film during a mentoring opportunity with Dr. Emma Fisher, funded by Arts & Disability Ireland Connect Scheme 2019. The publication of the poem received the support of a Professional Development Artlinks Bursary 2020. The shadow puppetry imagery highlight further the stark reality of life with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E).

The ‘Invisible Octopus’ Poem (2.12 min) Read by Corina Duyn

This poem and the images in this short video are the bases for the Ribbon of Light exhibition. To read the journey I made to get to this exhibition, please read on my BLOG HERE
These shadow images were created on an overhead projector and reflected on the opposite wall. A selection of 12 limited edition A4 prints, A5 greeting cards with abstracts from the poem, as well as a limited edition accordion style A6 booklet with full poem and images are available at the exhibition as well as directly from me.

SEE VIDEO OF MY VISIT TO THE EXHIBITION (6 Minutes, including video-poem)

To order a poem, prints or cards – see images below – choose from the drop down menu and click ‘add to cart’. Please email me with the numbers of your chosen cards or prints. All including postage, except for orders of framed prints to be posted abroad. Thank you

‘Invisible Octopus’ Book, Cards, Prints



  • Limited edition (1/100) ‘Invisible Octopus’ Poem pamphlet €12.50
  • Greeting cards: Three cards €20; Full set of twelve cards €50
  • Full set of twelve cards and Poem booklet €60
  • Limited Edition Prints: (1/5): Unframed €15; Three A4 prints unframed €40; Framed A4 Print €60 

A6 limited edition (postcard size) Poem booklet €12.50
Limited edition Poem booklet when folded up
Limited edition A4 prints, framed or unframed, as well as A5 greeting cards.
please quote the number when ordering (email me?)
Frames handmade in Ireland
Article in Dungarvan Observer by Christy Parker about the decision that this is my last exhibition

See HERE for a podcast conducted by Emma Windsor from Puppet Place in Bristol exploring my Invisible Octopus project, looking back at how this came about. Question five deals with Octopus, part six why I opted for poetry. Total podcast 24 minutes – individual segments available on Vimeo.