More Than A Whelan

Andy Jackson

Episode Summary

More Than A Whelan goes regional for the very first time. Stepping outside the comfort zone of Castaway Studios and into an other worldly zone of a converted Chapel built over 150 years in Fryerstown to talk to poet Andy Jackson.

Episode Notes

More Than A Whelan goes regional for the very first time. Stepping outside the comfort zone of Castaway Studios and into an other worldly zone of a converted Chapel built over 150 years ago in Fryerstown to talk to poet Andy Jackson.

Sean begins the show by reading an excerpt from a play he wrote and performed in called All The Animals We Ate, which was presented at the 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival at the North Melbourne Town Hall. The show was written and produced by James Tresise and Sean M Whelan with collaborative work by Damian Stephens, Maize Wallen and Thomas Ingram. (On the recording Sean mistakenly says it was staged at the NORTHCOTE Town Hall. This is incorrect. He doesn't know why he said that. He just did.)

Sean and Andy have a chat about the creative process of writing poetry and Andy reads a poem from his latest book, a full-length collection of biographical poems of people with Marfan Syndrome. The book called Music Our Bodies Can’t Hold is available through Hunter Publishers.

Sean responds to the More Than A Whelan challenge and writes and performs a poem called The Unseen with the help of five muses of the week.
They are....

Amy - who supplied the prompt of the Pavement song 'We Dance'

Aven - a painted titled Unseen 1.

Mileta - a photograph of a sign that says 'Kiss and Goodbye.'

Ben - 'He needs to lower his eyes.'

George - 'Baking with evil.'

Sean would like to thank hosts Michelle and Ali for the use of the Chapel in Fryerstown and Jenny O'Keefe for the loan of the recording technology to make it happen.