Sunday, April 2 @ 4:00pm
The Owl and Cat Theatre
34 Swan St Melbourne
Has an Open Mic?
The Owl & Cat Readings are hosted by the colourfully dressed Santo Cazzati and the colourfully spoken Anthony O’Sullivan on the first Sunday of the month at the Owl & Cat Theatre in Richmond, featuring an open mic and two featured poets, the latest poetry gig to grace the east side of the city is a blend of both hosts and their former gigs, House of Bricks and The Spinning Room, featuring some of the best poets in this fine city.
Sean M Whelan
Sean M Whelan is a poet and playwright. He has published two books of poetry, Love is the New Hate and Tattooing the Surface of the Moon. His first play Everything: All The Time enjoyed a sold out season at the 2013 Melbourne Fringe Festival. All The Animals We Ate his second play was performed at the 2015 Melbourne Fringe. He also works extensively with musicians, most notably Isnod and The Interim Lovers. He has performed his work widely both nationally and overseas in the USA, Canada, Indonesia and New Zealand. In 2014 he was awarded a Creative Fellowship at the State Library of Victoria. He is also a co-producer of the long held multi-arts event Liner Notes. He is currently working on a new collection of poetry and new recordings.
A night for the poetic sweepings of the inner north to degenerate into sleaze, vitriol, and confusion. And rise into revelation, liberating confession and poetic wisps of the sublime. A feast of clashing waters. All in a cozy artsy pup. No features, no list, no limits. Just put your hand up and come on up. Is your piece not really ready? It is for this gig.
The winner of The 2017 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize is Alan Pentland with his piece, ‘Darwin’s Human Race’ performed on Friday, December 1, 2017 at The Wheeler Centre.
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Alan was a teen poet qualified as an architect and became a comedian. He ran Melbourne’s first stand up club Le Joke and was a core member of the award-winning TV comedy Fast Forward. His written work has won awards at international film festivals and in business. A radio ad sold lots of hot water systems.
In 2016 Alan returned to his roots, writing and performing spoken word in small sweaty venues. It’s become an exciting journey in words and ideas. Alan struggles however with grammar rhymes badly, and has no, idea where, to put commas.