Poetry Day Ireland : Man Oh Man (Is Burning) by Artist Shane Keeling

In celebration of Poetry Day Ireland, we are sharing with you the powerful piece by Artist Shane Keeling.

His work contains strong social narrative while simultaneously being laden with satire. Keeling’s work is predominately ceramic but he also incorporates performance as part of his practice.” Irish Arts Review.

Man Oh Man (Is Burning), is a powerful piece written by Shane Keeling, a practising ceramist, highlighting a number of creative and personal constraints that were brought about as a result of the pandemic.

The piece of poetry/spoken word is a testament to the artist, who having been “silenced” in his normal creative outlet has redirected his energies into words and he has some interesting reflections to share on young men’s mental health in the process. You can view the entire piece here: …


Shane was a guest artist at our Makers Meet-Up sessions, and during his presentation, he spoke about the Piece that he had written explaining his need to put into words what he was experiencing as a young Irish Artist during lockdown unable to maintain his chosen practice and having little or no artistic outlet.

We heard Shane, so much so that we asked him could we interview him, and what better person to do that than Deirdre Dwyer, Garter Lane’s Theatre Artist in Residence. (Funded by the Arts Council)

Deirdre has amassed an incredible amount of experience over the years in pursuing her creative and professional practise, a Waterford native, Deirdre has returned to Waterford to continue with her chose artistic path. This sees her creating and making theatre, for young audiences, immersed in script development and adaptation, design in both sets and costume and curating and delivering a mentorship programme with Garter Lane that last year saw 8 participants fully engage in developing theatre for children, which was showcased during the centre’s SprÓg festival (on-line)

More info about Shane Keeling at https://www.instagram.com/badman_ceramic/?hl=en

More info about Deirdre at www.deirdredwyer.com