Prolific writer, actor, storyteller and musician Little John Nee is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s leading solo theatre performers - his songs have been praised by the likes of John Prine, and his theatre shows (listen to Sparkplug here) have received critical acclaim internationally. A newly elected member of Aosdána, his latest project is a book of haiku entitled The Apocalypse came on a Friday.

Below, we present a selection from the book's opening section.


Day rich as butter

Heather beginning to bloom

Soft old punk writing


A beautiful sneeze

All over the computer

A sneezing haiku


Wee lamb exploring

Alone among the nettles

Never heard of mint sauce


The trees are like prints

On the cotton of white fog

On the hem of sky


Giddy as a pup

Snow and ice on the bog road

My heart full of song