Neal Zetter

Children's author, Poet

Available for:
After dinner speaking



Wishing Shelf Independent Book Award Winner, 2015, Bees in My Bananas
Reading Agency Top 20 Children's Poetry Book 2017, Here Come the Superheroes (Raps & Rhymes to Save the Galaxy)
BookTrust Top 20 Children's Poetry Favourite, 2016, It's Not Fine to Sit on a Porcupine

Adults, 5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2), 11-13 (Key stage 3), 14-16 (Key stage 4), 11-16 (Key stages 3 and 4), 6th Form and college


I am an award-winning children's author, comedy performance poet and entertainer - with a 25-year background in communication management and mentoring - using fun poetry writing and performance workshops to develop literacy, confidence, creativity and communications skills in 3-103 yr olds.

I make language accessible for the least engaged and stretch the most able. I have worked in all 33 London Boroughs and many other UK cities.

My performance experience covers 25 years in West End comedy clubs, theatres, arts centres etc including six years hosting and running my own comedy and spoken word venue.

I am available for any kind of poetry-related bookings e.g. assembly performances, writing and/or performance workshops, presentations, entertainment, Q&As, book sales and signings etc. I spend most days in primary or secondary schools with whole classes, able writers, reluctant readers, EAL, SEN etc.

I also have extensive experience of working with adults, senior citizens, teen offenders and in areas of homelessness, learning difficulties, mental health, 'drugs & alcohol', brain injury, those in care, families at risk, refugees and many more.

I have a full current DBS and £2m public liability insurance.

See for more info and, if you're not sure I'll do a good job for you, please see my 'Reviews' section on my site. 


I work with anyone: whole classes, G&T, reluctant readers, EAL, SEN, families etc. Working with me could include:

  • One Day Visit - All ages, working with numerous classes or target groups running 1-2 hour poetry writing workshops and an assembly or year performance. Price: £340/day + travel 
  • G&T Poetry Masterclass - Whole-day, in-depth workshop for 30-40 students, yr3-sixth form, covering planning, writing, editing, performance plus a Q&A with me. Price: £340 + travel
  • Literacy Booster - Fun poetry writing workshops for whole classes or target groups e.g. hard to engage boys. Prices: £140/60mins or £170/90mins + travel, ideally over a series of sessions.
  • Poetry Slam -  All-day fun performance poetry competition, whole-school or whole-year events. Price: £340/day + travel
  • Books Sale & Signings (as part of visit) – My five children's poetry books are listed below, all £6 or £7 signed/dedicated from me (plus p+p if required). They are available direct from me, from all regular bookshop, school and library suppliers, Amazon etc
  • INSETS - Please email me for details
  • Residencies - A more planned approach to using me that gives you generous discounts and helps me make more of a difference in your school. Ask for more details.
In addition to the books below I have three more in production with my publisher
Here Come the Superheroes (Raps and Rhymes to Save the Galaxy) (isbn:978-1909991460)
A unique 64-page, A4, Marvel comic-style poetry book introducing the galaxy's 30 or so newest superheroes and some of their evil adversaries
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Yuck and Yum (A Feast of Funny Food Poems) (isbn:978-1909991453)
50 funny food poems from Neal Zetter and Joshua Seigal with illustrations for KS1/KS2/KS3
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It's Not Fine to Sit on a Porcupine (isbn:978-1909991286)
KS1/KS2/KS3 children's mixed theme comedy poetry book
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Bees In My Bananas (isbn:978-1909991583)
KS1/KS2/KS3 children's mixed theme comedy poetry book
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SSSSNAP! Mister Shark (isbn:978-1909991354)
EY/KS1 children's comedy poetry book
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Odd Socks! (isbn:978-1909991415)
EY/KS1 children's comedy poetry book
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Other search criteria:

Humour, Poetry, Sci-fi and Fantasy

Book Type:
Fiction for children (any age), Picture books, Fiction 5-9, Fiction 8-13, Young Adult

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