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October 28, 2013

The Road To Mothercare

Joyce Worsfold's poem demands attention and compels tears.

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October 21, 2013

A mother's anguished blues!

Robert Taylor imagines the biggest heartache.

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October 14, 2013


...After thirteen days of longing
They let me see her...

Joyce Worsfold writes of the agony of a mother unable to touch and hold her daughter.

Continue reading "Concentration" »

October 07, 2013

Body Beautiful

...Where is the voice of God for me,
can it ever be on page three?...

Joyce Worsfold brings an intense poetic prayer.

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September 30, 2013

When Arthur Came To Our School

Robert Taylor reveals the true identity of Arthur.

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September 23, 2013

The Whitby Triangle

Robert Taylor with. Mike Hone tells a tale of men who were gladly "lost'' at sea.

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The Whitby Triangle

Robert Taylor with. Mike Hone tells a tale of men who were gladly "lost'' at sea.

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September 16, 2013

That's All We Need!

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September 09, 2013

Ice-cold In A Coffee Shop

...She is empty-eyed, veiled in freezing fog
She stirs her tea disconsolately
Round and round and round and round...

Joyce Worsfold tells of a well of sadness amid the coffee cups.

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September 02, 2013

Ice-Cream Parlour

...But ice-cream is queen
Over all the rest...

Joyce Worsfold enters sweet-tooth heaven.

Continue reading "Ice-Cream Parlour" »

August 26, 2013

Growing Up

Robert Taylor's poem outlines a life of tears.

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August 19, 2013

Fish And Chips

Robert Taylor's poem concerns a unanimous mealtime vote.

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August 13, 2013

What goes on in a dog's head?

Robert Taylor enters the canine mind to bring a poem to delight every human pet owner.

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August 05, 2013

Cold Comfort

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July 29, 2013

The Outing

Joyce Worsfold's words stride along to the beat of a compassionate heart - and here are not enough of those in the world.

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July 22, 2013


Joyce Worsfold's poem plumbs the depths of bleakness.

Continue reading "Thunder-cloud" »

July 15, 2013

A Funny Name For God

Robert Taylor's poem will make you chuckle, make you think, make you marvel....

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A Funny Name For God

Robert Taylor's poem will make you chuckle, make you think, make you marvel....

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July 08, 2013

No Feelings

Robert Taylor's poem tells of a deep repression.

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July 01, 2013

A Multicultural Education

Joyce Worsfold brings an uplifting poem which will tug at your heart-strings.

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June 24, 2013

A Blind God?

Joyce Worsfold tells of the greatest of all oves.

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June 17, 2013


Joyce Worsfold's poem requests a remake.

Continue reading "Embroidery" »

June 10, 2013

Oh dear! what can the matter be?

Oh what a to-do when the teachers were locked in the staff room!

Robert Taylor brings us a chuckle-rich poem.

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June 03, 2013

Unfinished Symphony

Don't be surprised if Joyce Worsfold's wonderful, wonderful poem brings tears to your eyes.

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May 27, 2013

The Caretaker

Poet Robert Taylor brings a vivid portrait of a funny-sad man.

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May 20, 2013


Joyce Worsfold's poem tells of the day when there were mice in the classroom.

Continue reading "Mice" »


Joyce Worsfold's poem tells of the day when there were mice in the classroom.

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May 13, 2013

Can Amybody Here Do This Sum?

Robert Taylor's laugh-put-loud poem tells of the day a school inspector walked into his classroom.

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May 06, 2013

Oh! For A Quiet Life

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April 29, 2013

ABC Poem

"We see only surface innocence,'' writes poet Joyce Worsfold.

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April 22, 2013

Timothy's Arm

Joyce Worsfold brings a glorious, wonderful, inspiring poem about a lad with spirit.

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April 15, 2013


Joyce Worsfold's poem brings an unusual gardening tip.

Continue reading "Compost" »

April 08, 2013

Robert's Train

Robert wants Santa to bring him a toy train for Christmas. Does he get it?

Find out by reading Joyce Worsfold's wonderful poem - and be prepared to have you emotions tugged in all directions.

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April 01, 2013

The Cat With 2 Ps

Robert Taylor's poem introduces us to Nipstrum. Sorry...that should be Nippstrum.

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March 25, 2013

'Being shown the ropes!'

...'Yes.' Dad replied without flinching, draping the jacket with only one sleeve, over one of the young assistant's arms.
'You can send this rubbish back to your factory - It's a reject!'
The assistant's astonished look was unforgettable.,,

Robert Taylor's poem tells of an astonishing learning experience.

Continue reading "'Being shown the ropes!'" »

March 18, 2013

A Choice of Careers

Robert Taylor's poem revolves around one of life's most difficult decisions.

Continue reading "A Choice of Careers" »

March 11, 2013

Towards Plain English

Robert Taylor's poem deliciously reminds us to say what we mean.

Continue reading "Towards Plain English" »

March 04, 2013

School Theatre Visit

Joyce Worsfold brings one of the most moving and involving poems you are ever likely to read.

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February 25, 2013


So in these days when teachers when teachers perputally examine and assess, what happened to the wonder of teaching and learning? Joyce Worsfold brings a timely poem.

Continue reading "Saturated" »

February 18, 2013


Joyce Worsfold's poem suggests that we are not teaching children as they should be taught.

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February 11, 2013


Robert Taylor's poem is based on a conversation with his son who was four years old at the time.

Continue reading "Bones!" »

February 04, 2013

Children like me

Robert Taylor's splendid poem tells of one lad who gradually accepts that he is better off than he thought he was.

Continue reading "Children like me" »

January 28, 2013

Can We Write Us News?

Joyce Worsfold's sad yet exuberant poem reminds us that children are children, no matter what their circumstances.

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January 21, 2013

A Colossal Thing!

Robert Taylor's delicious poem recalls school brain-box rivalry.

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January 14, 2013

Playground Duty

If you don't chuckle and chortle while reading this poem by Joyce Worsfold then we suggest you consult a humour doctor.

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January 07, 2013

A Cat In School

...The next morning, I was at Mrs O ' Connor's house nice and early to catch the cat...

A sory told by a family friend, Lillian, about something which happened when she was a school girl in Liverpool inspired Robert Taylor to write the following poem.

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December 31, 2012

When I Grow Up

Joyce Worsfold brings us another gloriously entertaining poem which comes as close to touching "real life'' as mere words can ever do.

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December 24, 2012

Cayton Bay

Some family albums contain embarrassment unlimited, as Robert Taylor's delicious poem reveals.

Continue reading " Cayton Bay" »

December 17, 2012

Boy Scout Camp

...Suddenly, silence, an unearthly glow
Seeps up behind the mountain slow...

Joyce Worsfold's poem captures everlasting moments of wonder.

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December 10, 2012

Tale Of A Toilet

Joyce Worsfold presents a sublimely funny poem.

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December 03, 2012

A mum with less brains! (an overheard playground conversation)

Robert Taylor's poem will make you chuckle.

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November 26, 2012

Dad's Singing

Robert Taylor's poem tells of a rainy embarrassingly tuneful day in Scarborough.

Continue reading "Dad's Singing" »

November 19, 2012

The Boxing Glove

Oh that a chap should one day become bent, wrinkled, leather...

Joyce Worsfold brings a sobering poem.

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November 12, 2012

Old Masters

Joyce Worsfold's meticulous poem tells of old-fashioned craftsmanship.

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November 05, 2012

Strange incident At 460

Robert Taylor's poem recalls a strange incident.

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October 29, 2012

Fireworks Night

Robert Taylor's poem captures the wonder, the drama, the excitement of bonfire night.

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October 22, 2012

Saturday Matinee

Joyce Worsfold's poem conjures up the joy, the wonder, the excitement of Saturday morning cinema shows for long-ago children.

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October 15, 2012

'I Used To Say That'

Robert Taylor learned important things in the fish-and-chip show queue.

Continue reading "'I Used To Say That'" »

October 08, 2012

The Games Of Life

Did you have to grow up quite as much?
Did you have to deny the child
Lose your magic touch?

Joyce Worsfold's poem recalls the wonder and joy of being small.

Continue reading "The Games Of Life" »

October 01, 2012

In The Mirror

Continue reading "In The Mirror" »

September 24, 2012

Learning Light

There's infinite joy in this poem by Joyce Worsfold.

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September 17, 2012


Robert Taylor's poem tells of a scene once common in many a home when coal minining was still a major British industry.

Continue reading "Winking!" »

September 10, 2012

Not Very P,C.

Joyce Worsfold's poem brings the hope that one day the world may be mended.

Continue reading "Not Very P,C." »

September 03, 2012


Robert Taylor considers an ultimate act of creation.

Continue reading "Birth" »

August 27, 2012


Joyce Worsfold's glowing poem tells of a most marvelous morning gigt.

Continue reading "Sonnet" »

August 20, 2012

The Natural Curriculum

Lucky the children who enjoyed the experiences so vividly described here. And lucky we readers to have a writer as talented as Joyce Worsfold to describe them for us. Read...enjoy...and if you shed a tear we wouldn't be surprised.

Continue reading "The Natural Curriculum" »

August 13, 2012


Life is not a one off song, home is not a one off place,'' writes Robert Taylor, with Mike Hone.

Continue reading "Interludes" »

August 06, 2012

Love Is Opening New Windows (But Not Closing Old Doors)

Robert Taylor's poem brings thoughtful advice for married couples.

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July 30, 2012


Joyce Worsfold tells of a Valentine's Day bonanza.

Continue reading "Valentines" »

July 23, 2012

The Christmas Gift

Joyce Worsfold's poem tells of the greatest gift.

Continue reading "The Christmas Gift" »

July 16, 2012

A Woman For All Time

Robert Taylor, with Mike Hone, summarises the lot of the female of the species down the ages.

Continue reading "A Woman For All Time" »

July 09, 2012


Joyce Worsfold and Robert Taylor are brother and sister and have spent most of their working lives teaching children in Yorkshire. They have written together since child-hood, producing poetry, stories, plays, musicals, song lyrics and monologues. Over 30 years they have performed their work for many audiences mostly in the North of England and Scotland, delighting thousands and bringing them both laughter and tears.

Their new book, Double Cream, brings us the best of their poetry, stories and monolgues. It will be serialised in Open Writing.

Joyce brings us a poem which is a keen reminder to all of us not to put off until tomorrow what could be done today.

Watch out for further Double Cream gems on forthcoming Mondays.

Continue reading "Then" »


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