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Meet comedy poet Neal Zetter at Fairlop Fair!

I am not really a lover for poetry, but I’ve heard of a few poets and appreciate words that entertain.  We are all different; some people live for thrills, some for adventure… but some live and breathe poetry, some worship poetry like a saint… Meet Neal Zetter!

I am so happy that Neal Zetter is going to be at the Fairlop Fair on Saturday 5 July at Fairlop Waters, as he is such an experienced poet with such a great deal to offer. He has worked with a wide range of people such as children’s poet, Michael Rosen and top legendary performance poets Attila and John Cooper Clark plus many more. He has also been in comedy club bills with Omid Djalili, Harry Hill, and Sean Hughes to name but a few.

He loves to entertain children and adults alike with poetic performance and is encouraging any budding poets to do the same by writing a short fun poem for display on the day at this year’s Fairlop Fair. What a great way to share your talent with others and really feel like you have played a part in the day’s entertainments. On the day, Neal will also be giving out great advice on writing and publishing your own book as well as selling and signing copies of his own book, the “BEES IN MY BANANAS”.

I asked Neal what inspired him to write the “BEES IN MY BANANAS” and his response was “as a performance poet who plies much of his trade on stage, I have never focused too much on getting my work in print, but as the question I have been asked more than any other over the years is; ‘have you got a book?’ I thought the time was right! The title comes from the first two poems in the book which are two of my most requested: I’m a Bee and Bananananananananananananananananananananananananana”

Neal mentioned that he has a lot of exciting projects which he is working on currently, he normally works with adults to provide out of school activities for children and families but most of his work is during the school holidays.

I posed an interesting question to Neal about his future plans and his response was “To work in more unusual places and with many different types of people”. Having worked in all 33 London Boroughs and many other UK cities, I think he is ready for new challenges.

He also added that he wants to convince all ages that poetry is not boring, complicated or obscure, but really good fun, exciting and accessible. “I plan to be pushing Bees in My Bananas as much as possible too” he said.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to come to Fairlop Fair and meet Neal Zetter in person at his stall in the Story Boat & Libraries Zone. You can gain so much information about poetry and performing arts as well as being one of the first at the fair to purchase his fantastic new book!

Visit Neal Zetter’s Confidence in Communication through Comedy Poetry website

Find out what else you can do at the fabulous Fairlop Fair!

Guest Post: Rosie Ile



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Mind at the end of it’s tether (after HG Wells)

He said: “My mind is retrospective to the end”
And I said “What?”
He said “To what will this lead?”
And I said “nowhere and nothing”
He said “this is an idiot’s recital!“
And I said “you have a dust cart in your head”

H G Wells
Stood upon a stage of life
Like Shakespeare:  passing and repassing that walking shadow –
Growing ever darker
Laughing ever louder
Asking more and more
An endless unanswered question – quiet now – be quiet –

….unfortunate little ants walking closer to their doom…
I’m passing here my lady I am passing by your room
I am looking ever inward, I am never looking out
So pass the time my lady
Pass the time and do not shout –
Never raise your head, my lady
Never do look out
For all is very dark outside
And the killers are about.

He said: “My mind is retrospective to the end”
And she said “What?”
He said “I know where this will lead”
And she said “Put the light out”.

by Rose Meredith

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‘A wish’ by By Janya Singh

A wish


A wish is said a million times in life

A wish can’t always shine

It could be for family and friends

Or just for you

But you’ll feel the best if it comes true


Doesn’t matter who? What? Why? or When?

How an object or a place!

Still your happiness will come alive

If that wish come true


Not a dandelion

Not a shooting star

It’s you that makes your wish come true

By Janya Singh 

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‘Methaphorical Swim’ by Paul Conway

Slip into cool waters

That cleanse neglected pores;

After a quivering intercession

You’re possessed with spirit afresh,

And the methapor strikes your mind

When you give life to your clothes.

– Paul Conway

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‘Consequences’ – A poem by Andrew Diamond


Throw a pebble in the river

Spreading circles to the shore

Rippling outwards from the centre

Disappearing till no more.

So our actions, like the pebble,

Send their ripples, make their waves;

Intermingling all our circles

From our cradles to our graves.

No one knows what’s coming next

Unaware of the effects.

Will this lead to our destruction,

Will salvation be our end?

There’s one thing of which I’m certain;

I will never know, my friend!

Poet: Andrew Diamond

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Rain Drops by Paul Conway

Rain Drops

Rain drops stick to window pane;

Hesitate! Then drop again;

Other drops are coming still,

All meet together on the sill.

Then one for all and all for one,

They form a pool and then are gone;

Down the wall into the drain,

To meet with all the other rain.

Into a river, out to sea,

To vaporize and come again.

Poet: Paul Conway

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Poetry Competition

Poetry Competition

Organised by Dionysia Press

Understanding Magazine




£150 for the best poem

Entry Fees:

£1.50 per poem


  1. All entries must be original and hitherto unpublished work.
  2. Entries must be typed on A4 paper. The name and address of the author should be enclosed on a separate slip.
  3. All participants will receive notification of the prize-winners.
  4. Closing date 15th June 2014.
  5. The prize-winning poem will be published in Understanding  and part or all of the prize-winning play will also be published.
  6. Non prize-winning entries may also be selected for publication in Understanding.
  7. A stamped addressed envelope must be enclosed with entries for notification of the prize- winners.
  8. The decisions of the judges are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  9. The organisers reserve the right to change closing dates if submissions are insufficient or unsatisfactory.




To purchase copies please send cheques to: Dionysia Press, 127 Milton Road West, Edinburgh EH15 1JG, UK.

How to Enter:

Send your entries, with your entry fees and SAE to: Understanding, 127 Milton Road West, 7, Duddingston House Courtyard, Edinburgh EH15 1JG.

Panel of Judges:

Dr Thom Nairn was writer in residence, Ross and Cromarty and East and Midlothian District Councils and Editor of Cencrastus and Understanding Magazine. He has published three collections of poetry: Sky Burial, Chagall Takes A Fall, Poems for Bonnie and Josie, The Sand Garden, and many translations.

Dr Susanna Roxman, prize-winner, Hampton’s International Poetry Contest 1987, and visiting lecturer, Lund University, Sweden, She has published: Crossing The North Sea, Imagining Seals, Broken Angels.

Denise Smith, BA, DEA, poet, playwright, Editor of Understanding, Part-time lecturer, Edinburgh University. She has published The Stone Moon, Skies of Sand, Mirrors, (Plays) and many translations.