Thursday, July 20, 2006

monkey punch dinosaur!

for my latest online publishing credit visit here.
it's not really poetry.
or is it?

* after i posted this entry it was brought to my attention by my good friend Michael Nolan that without a little bit of background my comic strip did not really make a lot of sense. This is true. Not that all things need to make sense but for the sake of... something or other, i will give you a bit of background anyway. My good friend Adam Ford decided one day recently to create a blog that only contains pictures of monkeys punching dinosaurs. Why? Because this is the sort of thing that Adam Ford does. Bless him. The blog has the rather cryptic title of Monkey Punch Dinosaur and relys on contributions from people. For the sake of... i don't know... (science maybe?) I decided to contribute a little comic strip based around... you guessed it... a monkey punching a dinosaur. My strip is loosely based around the Socceroos losing to Italy in the recent World Cup.
Hope that clears some things up for you, including that nasty rash.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Death To Your Dreams @ Manchester Lane tonight!!

pic by Chris Amor

Yep, tonight is the big night that myself and the mime set present Death to Your Dreams for only the third time and for the first time at the lush jazz den that is Manchester Lane. This may be the last time the show is performed in its current incarnation as we hope to write all new material for our three Fringe Festival shows booked for October. So it would be great to see you there.
Doors open 8:30. Supported by Oliver Mann. We're on stage around 10.

Friday, July 14, 2006

poetry super Sunday! i heart Triple R

This Sunday I have two big gigs in the lead up to my gig at Manchester Lane on Wednesday night. Firstly I'll be doing a live-to-air on Triple R on Sunday night the 16th August around 7pm. This will be on Jonathan Alley's program called Under The Sun. I'll be performing with the mime set and we'll be doing two tracks from our show Death To Your Dreams as well as a short interview. So if you'd like a sneak preview of what to expect from the show on Wednesday night then please tune in to 102.7 FM on Sunday night around 7pm, if you're not near a radio, it's also streamed live on the internet! And I can never mention Triple R without mentioning the program Aural Text, the greatest supporters of spoken word in Melbourne, hosted by the spunkalicious duo of alicia sometimes and Steve Grimwade.
Then after my live-to-air on Triple R, I'll be shooting over to Glitch Bar and Cinema, 318 St Georges Rd, Nth Fitzroy to do a spoken word performance with the immensely talented Klare Lanson assisting with visuals. Also performing on that bill is Twilight Mockery and Wind Up Toys and it's only 5 bucks to get in! Doors open 8:30pm.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Death To Your Dreams Returns!

I'm very pleased to let you all know that after two very successful performances at Bar Open in 2005 and then The Spanish Club for the Emerging Writer's Festival this year, Death To Your Dreams is returning next week to be performed at Manchester Lane in the city. For those that came in late DTYD is a collaboration between myself and a very sexy rock band called The Mime Set. We have booked new shows coming up in the Fringe Festival, so this may be the last time we perform this show in its current incarnation. For more info on the show including MP3's etc, check the info below.
It would make me so happy to see you there.

warm regards

sean m whelan

Death To Your Dreams press release
Conceived by Melbourne poet Sean M Whelan and emotive rock band the mime set during a residency at The Builder's Arms in April last year, Death To Your Dreams was written to be an integrated show, rather than readings with music, where the music and texts were improvised together in the rehearsal room or carefully tailored to fit strong existing works. With clear correspondences between Sean M. Whelan's surreal romantic poetry and the mime set's textured, emotional music, the waking dream of unrequited love is explored in Death To Your Dreams, melding landscapes, lyrics and imagery to the words of one of Melbourne's finest poets. With support from startling bass voice Oliver Mann, Death To Your Dreams comes to the lush surrounds of city jazz den Manchester Lane on Wednesday July 19. Doors open 8.30pm and tickets are just $10 from the door.
Prior to the show, Death To Your Dreams plays a RRR live-to-air on Jonathan Alley's show Under The Sun on Sunday 16th after 6pm.
Two tracks will be played live to air on 3RRR's Under The Sun (102.7FM or streaming online at along with an interview on Sunday the 16th of July around 6:30pm.
"...and lastly, the most perfect merging of spoken word and rock music I've ever seen: the pairing of poet and writer Sean Whelan with The Mime Set. Imagine a musical cross between Mogwai and The Dirty Three, with the addition of a female vocalist, and Sean's whimsical, sorrowful, heartfelt and inspired spoken word, and you'll have some idea of just how much I was enthralled...." - Richard Watts (3RRR)

On the night of the Manchester Lane performance a VERY limited CD of last year's Melbourne Fringe Festival performance will be available.
One track from this CD, Tattooing The Surface Of The Moon can be listened to at
Tell your friends & come down on the 19th for what should be a memorable night.


Friday, July 07, 2006


Earlier this year a special edition of Babble was held that celebrated the poetic art of the 'MC' in hip-hop culture. Both local and interstate MC's were invited to kick their styles on the Babble stage. The night was such a staggering success that it was only a matter of time before it was put on again and that time approaches now!
As part of the Overload Poetry Festival MC Babble returns, showcasing the talents of Macromantics, Heptune, Ivens, Julez, iTHINK MCs, Crixus, Osinaka and many more! Come check it out.


Sunday, July 02, 2006

Going Down Swinging #23 out now!!


The new issue of Going Down Swinging was launched last week at Yelza. I meant to plug the launch beforehand but forget, so instead I'll just plug the book itself now. GDS collects together the most exciting writing and spoken word from all across the country and have been doing so for quite some time now. I have a track on the CD this year, my spoken word tribute to American singer songwriter Elliot Smith. Also on the CD and in the book are amazingly talented individuals such as Klare Lanson, David Prater, Emilie Zoey Baker, Jane Ormond, Andy Jackson, Paul Mitchell and Grant Caldwell, to name but a few. This also marks the last issue for editor and spoken word superstar, alicia sometimes. I think you would find GDS at most independent bookstores and if you can't, I know for sure that Collector's Corner at 240 Swanston St, Melbourne definitely have it.