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Little Book Of Poems Raising Funds For Alzheimer’s Society

Published on: 18 May, 2015
Updated on: 18 May, 2015

A former auxillary nurse at hospitals in Guildford has published a book of her poems dedicated to those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and also their families and friends.

Money raised from this delightful book of 18 sensitive and thought-provoking poems is being donated to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Francis 'Popsy' Brant's book Looking at you Looking at me. She says the4 'cover girl' is her mum, Jean Murphy.

Francis ‘Popsy’ Bryant’s book Looking at you Looking at me. She says the ‘cover girl’ is her mum, Jean Murphy.

Francis Bryant (known as Popsy all her life) was born in Tongham. She says: “I have enjoyed writing poetry from an early age, but had not really done much with my writing, although I did have two poems published about 20 years ago.

“I was an auxiliary nurse at St Luke’s Hospital and at the Royal Surrey County Hospital for 12 years up to 1990. I have also worked in care homes.

“I think what inspired me to write my verses was when I was looking after a family friend. In September 2014 I thought: ‘I going to write a little book of poems and raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society’.

“I contacted them and have the authorisation to raise funds, by selling my little book of poetry.

“My poems relate to dementia and what the sufferer, carer and families may go through with dementia in the family.”

She says it has not been easy selling the books without having to pay for advertising, but she now has a Facebook page and is trying to get bookshops to stock her title that is called Looking at you Looking at me.

It is also the title of one of the poems.

Looking at you Looking at me

I’m looking at you seeing you, but I don’t know your face.

I hear a voice familiar, but my thoughts just start to race.

I’m looking at you, seeing you,

I wonder who you are.

Have I ever seen you, do you know my name?

Why is it that you call me,

Are we playing a game?

You say a name that I remember, you show me a picture book.

There’s lots of people in it, I just stare and look.

What is it you want me to say, when you smile and hold my hand?

I’m looking at you, looking at me,

I just don’t understand.

The book costs £5 and can bought direct from Mrs Bryant. Email her at

More details on her Facebook page: Popsy’s little book of poems.

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  1. Angela Williams Reply

    May 19, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    I would like to purchase a copy of the peom book.

    My mother has this horrible disease and we are going through a living nightmare.

    [Ed: you can order a book by getting in contact with the author by email as listed in the story.]

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