Famous poems set to music

“The most brilliant music and poetry band in the world”

Carol Ann Duffy

“Little Machine’s sophisticated way with poetry made me fall in love with old favourites and new ones all over again. They sing, strum, beat, get you tapping your feet, make you laugh and break your heart, every word sung clear as a bell. I swear the Bard himself  has joined this band.” 

Gillian Clarke

LiTTLe MACHiNe live dates


Thursday March 31 – West Bridgford Library, Nottingham
Friday April 29 – Stratford upon Avon Literary Festival
Thursday June 2 & Friday June 3 – Hay Festival
Tuesday June 7 – Rhyme and Reason Festival
Friday June 24 – Enfield
Saturday July 2 – Ashbourne Festival
Saturday July 9 – Ledbury Poetry Festival
Wednesday October 12 – Thame Arts & Lit Festival
Saturday October 15 – Southport
Sunday October 23 – Dorchester Literary Festival
Wednesday October 26 Canterbury Festival


Harper’s Bazaar’s Erica Wagner on Dark Rose for Christmas

The last-minute scramble for Christmas gifts is upon us. Sure, you thought you’d have it all planned out – but somehow it never quite works out that way, does it? But never fear: I’m happy to offer a little help with a couple of stocking-size treats that are bound to please… well, almost anyone you know. Of that I am sure. Read more.


A Christmas Treat with Carol Ann Duffy and Friends

Review of our ‘Dark Rose for Christmas’ show at Manchester Metropolitan University in the online student magazine Humanity Hallows.
By Freddie Bruhin-Price
This week, at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, a sell-out crowd gathered for the final event of this year’s ‘Carol Ann Duffy and Friends’ series. This special Christmas evening included jazz, poetry and a performance from a group of musicians called LiTTLe MACHiNe. Read the full review here


Christmas cracker: Carol Ann Duffy teams up with Little Machine on festive album

Dark Rose for Christmas reviewed by Write Out Loud

Could poetry provide a Christmas hit this year? The poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, has teamed up with Little Machine, a trio of musicians that sets famous and contemporary poems to music, to create Dark Rose for Christmas – 10 album tracks of Christmas poems with musical settings. Little Machine have already added music to a number of the poet laureate’s poems – she has in turn dubbed them “the most brilliant music and poetry band in the world”.  Read the full review.