A Great Night of Words and Music with Roger McGough + LiTTLe MACHiNe

A Great Night of Words and Music with Roger McGough + LiTTLe MACHiNe

Roger McGough returns to Sefton this autumn with his new show on Saturday 15 October at The Atkinson in Southport.  He performs with Walter, Steve & Chris of LiTTLe MACHiNe for an evening featuring a fine selection of vintage, classic & surprising poems set to music. It’s a gala gig that’s making waves

Hilarious and surreal, McGough is a poet of many voices. Menace and melancholy there may be, but with plenty of McGough’s characteristic wit and wordplay too. His latest book It Never Rains is a collection of new verses with drawings by the author.

President of the Poetry Society, he has been honoured with a CBE for services to literature and the Freedom of the City of Liverpool. His works include Lily The Pink, the Aintree Iron, Scaffold, GRIMMS and The Mersey Sound with Adrian Henri & Brian Patten, and he now presents the long-running Poetry Please. His Molière adaptations travel far & wide with English Touring Theatre. The beat goes on.

‘The patron saint of poetry’ Carol Ann Duffy

‘rueful, unpredictable observation to please the sharpest wits’ The Independent

‘a witty and ingenious chronicler of British life, who manages a range of perennial themes with a deftness and agility that is hard to beat’ The Poetry Society

‘He is a true original and more than one generation would be much the poorer without him’ The Times

LiTTLe MACHiNe  are  the ‘must have’ act at Literary Festivals from York to Dubai. Drawing on three thousand years of poetry –  Sappho, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Blake, Byron, Eliot, Larkin and many more  –  they set classic poems to music and perform them with energy, passion and humour. Music that moves the feet for words that move the soul!

‘It’s my great privilege to be the warm-up act for LiTTLe MACHiNe   –  the most brilliant music and poetry band I’ve seen in decades’ Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate

‘LiTTLe MACHiNe’s sophisticated way with poetry made me fall in love with old and new favourites all over again. They make you laugh and break your heart.’ Gillian Clarke

‘I LOVE your work.’ Liz Lochhead

Little Machine are the musicians, composers, and writers Walter Wray, Steve Halliwell & Chris Hardy. They have appeared with Carol Ann Duffy, Roger McGough, Gillian Clarke, Liz Lochhead, John Cooper-Clarke, John Hegley and many others. It’s poetry – but not like you’ve heard or seen it before.

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Don’t miss the chance to see Roger McGough and + LiTTLe MACHiNe live at The Atkinson in Southport on Saturday 15 October at 7.30pm. Tickets are £18 / £12 under 18s. To book please visit theatkinson.co.uk or call our Box Office team on 01704 533 333.

Suitable for adults & 14+. The event will be followed by book signing.


For interviews images or further information, please contact Emma.Lloyd@Sefton.gov.uk




Roger McGough and + LiTTLe MACHiNe
Saturday 15 October
£18 (£12 under 18’s)


Please be advised that there is a £1 per ticket booking fee for telephone and online sales and a 2% fee for credit cards at the Box Office.



About The Atkinson

The Atkinson is Southport’s beautiful new home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history, right in the middle of Lord Street in Southport. Significant investment has been made in refurbishing the stunning 19th century buildings, to create a really welcoming multi art-form venue with a strong contemporary feel.


The Atkinson offers an exciting and varied destination for families, cultural tourists and arts enthusiasts alike, with a full day and night time offer. Wile the day away visiting the new shop, that sells gifts and contemporary crafts from regional makers and then relax in the Bakery, choosing from a selection of artisan bread sandwiches, cakes and sharing platters. You can even take little bit of The Atkinson home with you from the delicatessen. Wander through the major exhibitions and see performances from some of the UK’s foremost musicians, actors, performers and companies, films, family activities and much more.


The new Museum is now open. Sefton Between Land & Sea tells the story of Southport and Sefton as well as the area’s dramatic maritime history. While Discover Ancient Egypt – the new Egyptology Gallery is the home of the  Goodison Egyptology Collection, a remarkable collection of archaeology that has not been seen for over 40 years.



Posted on 22 August 2016 under General news

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