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

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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