Thursday, October 18, 2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Liner Notes presents David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust at the Melbourne Writers Festival

This Saturday night! Liner Notes returns!!!

If you want a ticket better be fast as we're heading for a sell out.

Here's how we're breaking it down.

Side one

1. ‘Five Years’ YANA ALANA

2. ‘Soul Love’ OMAR MUSA

3. ‘Moonage Daydream’ SEAN M WHELAN

4. ‘Starman’ TIM FLANNERY

5. ‘It Ain't Easy’ FIRST DOG ON THE MOON


Side two

6. ‘Lady Stardust’ BENJAMIN LAW


8. ‘Hang On to Yourself'’ BEN POBJIE

9. ‘Ziggy Stardust’ DEBORAH CONWAY

10. ‘Suffragette City’ JOUMANA HADDAD

11. ‘Rock 'n' Roll Suicide’ EMILIE ZOEY BAKER

Friday, August 10, 2012

Honey O performed live at Slamalamdingdong

A new video from a live performance of mine has just been uploaded to the Slamalamadingdong Youtube channel. This is my favourite regular Slam Event held in Melbourne founded by Michelle Dabrowski. On this particular night I was asked to perform live with a band, but only after meeting them for the first time backstage and then having one minute to discuss the mood and the theme of the poem. The poem I chose, Honey O, is an older one I haven't performed in years. It was first written when I was collaborating with rock band The Mime Set in 2005. You can watch and listen to the Slamalamadingdong version right here.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

New Sean M Whelan & Isnod studio track.

Very pleased to announce that a new studio recording by Sean M Whelan & Isnod has been accepted by the good people at Overland Literary Journal. While you're there also check out Omar Musa, Eleanor Jackson, Benjamin Solah and more. All available for your listening pleasure right now. Check it out at Audio Overland.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Supporting The Bedroom Philosopher

Tomorrow night at the Wesley Anne in Northcote, Isnod and I will perform our first gig together in ages. We're supporting the amazing Bedroom Philosopher. We're on at 8:30. Should be a wonderful evening.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Bayside Literary Festival

Am very pleased to be sharing a stage tonight with two of my favourite poets in all the land, Emilie Zoey Baker and Alicia Sometimes. We're featuring together at a special event called The Intoxication. There will also be an open mic for anybody else who'd like to bring something to read.
Love to see you there.

Saturday 23 June (7pm to 9pm)
The Hobson Stores: 19-21 Melrose Street, Sandringham
Food and drinks available for purchase

Friday, June 08, 2012

Performing some poems at the Melbourne Jazz Festival tonight.

I've performing some poems at the Melbourne Jazz Festival tonight. Not that anybody will read this because I hardly ever update the fucking thing. But, well, just so know. In case you were wondering where I am tonight.

Now somebody will read it.

Friday, March 30, 2012

From Poet to DJ in one night.

Tonight I'm performing at the Melbourne Poet's Union event 'Poetry's A Funny Thing.' There's a $100 prize on the open mic, so if you think you've got a chuckle worthy poem then bring it along and try your luck. Judging the event will be Alicia Sometimes, any poem mentioning the West Wing or Science will definitely score you extra points.
Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street

Immediately following this event I shall be running off to Willow Bar, 222 High Street, Northcote. I'll be putting on my DJ hat (figuratively, I don't have an actual DJ hat) for the first time there in ages. There are new owners now and I'm hoping to impress them and convince them to make this a regular gig, so please do drop by if you happen to be in the area. Free entry and I'm playing from 10pm.



Thursday, March 15, 2012

Sean M Whelan & The Interim Lovers first gig for 2012

The Cambodian Space Project.

Tonight I'll be performing with the Interim Lovers for the first time this year at a fabulous benefit to assist Women with Disability in Cambodia. Headlining the gig will be the amazing Cambodian Space Project, who I first had the pleasure of meeting at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in Bali last year.
This will also be my first time performing at the iconic Tote Hotel in Collingwood.
Doors open 7:30.
We're on 9pm sharp.

The Tote.
71 Johnston Street

Thursday, March 08, 2012


I'm performing at this gig tonight to celebrate International Women's Day.
Here's the blurb on the gig by Super Babe Femmo Organiser, the amazing Karen Pickering.

Cherchez la Femme returns for 2012 with a one-off extravag-anza to celebrate International Women's Day in true femmo style. We'll save the serious panel business for next time because I've lined up my all-time dream-team of singers, dancers, actors, musicians, poets, comics, thinkers and performers to hit the Grace Darling bandroom, show us their love of the ladies and tell us why being a feminist matters to them. I can scarcely contain myself as I announce the line-up here:

KATE BOSTON SMITH (Cabaret Star, Kitty Bang, Show Off)
EMILIE ZOEY BAKER (Slam Champion, Endless Lover, Crack-Up)
ANDREW MARLTON (First Dog on the Moon, Poet, Oracle)
HELEN RAZER (Writer, Raconteur, Sexy Mama)
CLEM BASTOW (Femmo, Neo-Stoner, Cosplaya)
SEAN M WHELAN (The Boss - of Poetry, Dream Guy)
ALICIA SOMETIMES (Broadcaster, Poet, Hottie)
CHRISTINA ARNOLD (Lead Signer of The Perfections, Bangin' Broad)
BEN POBJIE (Poet, Writer, Comic, Spy)
EMILY JARRETT (Singer with Go-Go Sapien, Robobabe)
BEN McKENZIE (Professional Nerd-Wonder, Comic, Fox)
JANE DUST (Singer, Love Child of Burt Bacharach & Emmy-Lou Harris)
CLEMENTINE FORD (Boner-Killer, Abortion-Enthusiast, Got Swag)
JESSICA ALICE (Poet, Broadcaster, Honey)
SHAKIRA HUSSEIN (Academic, Thinker, Fighter)
SERI VIDA (Singer, Musician, Rad Lady)
and DJ sets from LISA GREENAWAY (of DJ Lapkat fame, Beatmaster)

I will host the hell outta this thing. I will also be working hard to facilitate a Band-Aid-style closing number that will send a secret encoded message to Germaine Greer, so concentrated will be its femmo power.

Appropriately named after a feminist hero, The Grace Darling will be our charming venue for the evening at 114 Smith St, Collingwood. We'll kick off at 7pm and let the lady love continue throughout the night with breaks for cuddling and kissing. The kitchen will be open for you to purchase delicious foods and the drinks will flow for anyone who wants 'em.

Tickets are $15 on the door with proceeds going to womens' refuges here in Melbourne.

It will be a magical night of laughter, a few tears and some serious gynocentric power. I hope to see you at CLF for IWD at the GD. T Y.

Karen x

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

New poem recorded for Nothing Rhymes With Triple R podcast

Okay, let's see if I can be a bit better with this whole blogger thing in 2012.
To begin with I just recorded a brand new poem for a podcast called Nothing Rhymes With Triple R, presented in conjunction with Australian Poetry and Triple R FM. It's put together by the lovely Eliza Hull and Jess Rizzi.
Also on this podcast you can hear an interview with poet Ainslie Meredith and Lisa Dempster, director of the Emerging Writers Festival.
Listen to the podcast right here.

Hope you enjoy.