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

Dark Rose For Christmas CD art

Dark Rose For Christmas

LiTTLe MACHiNe Christmas album collaboration with Carol Ann Duffy.

‘Dark Rose for Christmas’ is due for release this November and will be available to pre-order from our online shop very soon. With cover art designed by Tom Duxbury the limited edition CD is expected to sell out quickly so please get orders in fast. To find out more about the project and to receive alerts about the release and our Christmas shows with Carol Ann please subscribe to our newsletter.

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The Ferry ‘Achilles’

The Quiet Grave – Rupert Brooke on Skyros

If you want to sail to Skyros, the island in the middle of the Aegean where Rupert Brooke is buried, you must catch the ferry ‘Achilles’ from the tiny port of Ayia Marina, on the mainland. Nearby lies the beautiful and rarely visited temple at Rhamnous. The deity worshipped there was Nemesis, the Goddess who relentlessly punished human vanity, stupidity, mistakes and sins.

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A Blackbird Sang

CD ‘A Blackbird Sang’ WW1 Poems

A Blackbird Sang is an album of our settings of  6 poems with a WW1 connection.
The CD comes with a 12 page booklet containing the text of the poems, biographical information on the poets and our thoughts on why we chose the poems.
A Black bird sang costs £7.99 (plus P&P) from our online shop.
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Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy with LiTTLe MACHiNe Brighton Dome

Review by Emily Nutbean. (Age 13) for New Writing South

Carol Ann Duffy spoke for around an hour, captivating every single person as she read out her amazing poems; some from the point of view of the wife of a famous man, mythical or real. One of these examples is Mrs. Midas, who is left to deal with the atrocious consequences of her husband’s whimsical wish. Carol Ann Duffy made us laugh and cry; Read more

LiTTLe MACHiNe live dates

Dates for 2015

Robertsbridge Festival, Sussex – October 10 
Thame Festival, Oxfordshire – October 17
Torbay Poetry Festival – October 22
Bridport Literary Festival, Dorset – November 15

Christmas shows with Carol Ann Duffy

Cambridge Winter Literary Festival – Saturday, November 28
Stowe School – Bucks – Thursday, December 3
Emanuel School – London – Friday, December 4
Lewes Old Grammar School (St John’s sub Castro) – Sussex – Monday, December 7
Guildford High School – Surrey – Tuesday, December 8
Launch party for ‘The Wren Boys’ (private show) – Wednesday, December 9
Carol Ann Duffy and friends – Royal Exchange – Manchester – Monday, December 14
Nottingham University, Lakeside Arts Centre – Tuesday, December 15
Private show Wenlock Pottery – Shropshire – Saturday, December 19


Robertsbridge Literary Festival – Sussex – Oct 10

We’re playing the Robertsbridge Village Hall, 11-23 Station Road, Robertsbridge TN32. Doors open at 7.30 for an 8:00 show. Tickets cost £10 (£8 for Robertsbridge Arts Partnership members) and are available from Judges Bakery Robertsbridge (our box office) 51 High St, Robertsbridge TN32 5AL or call 01580 880248 or email. Find out more by visiting Robertsbridge Arts Partnership page or Robertsbridge Family info’ or Village Diary groups on Facebook.

thame festival

Thame Festival – Oxfordshire – Oct 17

With over 30 events packed into one weekend, TAL Festival has assembled a feast of delights to engage your brain, your funny bone, your musical ear, your critical eye that will set your imagination soaring. We’re at the Players Theatre, Nelson Street, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 2DP 6:00pm, on the evening of Saturday 17th October. Visit the festival site for more information.