Thousands of years of poetry in an hour

The world’s best poetry band is coming to Lewes fresh from the Emirates Literary Festival in Dubai where they are touring with Darcey Bussell and Kate Adie.

LiTTLe MACHiNe’s evening of comedy involves a romp through 3,000 years of poetry in just 60 minutes.

The evening of entertainment includes work by the school’s talented drama students.

Performing in the new Drama Hall at Lewes Old Grammar School on Wednesday, March 12, and Thursday, March 13, at 7pm, the band bring their History of Poetry show Epic! to East Sussex.

“It’s a mad dash through 3,000 years of poetry in one hour”, said the independent school’s drama teacher, Margo Gunn.

“Thrill to the grandeur of Homer, get loved-up with Sappho, take a butcher’s at the bloodbath that is Beowulf and enjoy a dose of coarse Chaucerian sauce, Shakesperian wit and metaphysical longings.”

LiTTLe MACHiNe appear regularly with Carol Ann Duffy and have performed at many literary festivals, including Stratford, and also at Glastonbury Festival. They have made a name for themselves setting well-known poems to music.

Their show, Epic, is an inspirational and entertaining ‘story of poetry’. A lighthearted look at what poetry is and what it has meant over the past 3,000 years, with slides, music, drama and comedy.

Tickets, priced at £10 are available from the school. Telephone 01273 472634 or email