A video message thank you to those supporting my book.

A massive thanks to everyone that has helped me during 2017 and beyond, to help me make 'Poems From a Runaway' an actual completed project!

I think there's a lot more to come from this...so watch this space :) 


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Happy holidays folks and have a fantastic 2018 :)
A massive thanks to Caffe Del Nino's in Cannock and Yogurt Top Media whom I forgot to mention in the video, and once again thanks to Neil Patterson from http://lynneil.com for the smashing artwork for the cover of my book :)




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Video of 'The Girl From Nuneaton' from 'Poems From a Runaway'


Here's another true-story poem from my book, from when I was around late fourteen / early fifteen and when I met a girl around nineteen who had gone missing from her home in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

This one has a bit of embarrassment, a tad of romance and perhaps a little comedy. 



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If you think you may know this girl, get her in touch, would be great to say hello and confess my true circumstances! Happy holidays folks .






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A video of 'Tonsillitis' from Poems From a Runaway - A harsh reality into winter roughsleeping


Yep it's cold out there lately folks, and so sad to say that a lot have died on the streets.

Once upon a time as a runaway teenager, I may have come pretty close myself at times too, dragging myself across the west end to find a hospital. 



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A video of 'Curious Strangers' from Poems From a Runaway


Here's a video of my poem called 'Curious Strangers' which is again another story about my time living on Piccadilly sleeping rough and begging, aged around fourteen.


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My Christmas message to the world - In Poetry

I've not ever released this poem before but there's perhaps a few messages inside of it. 
If your the relative of, or know a young person that will be living in a children's home for christmas, depending on the dynamics of the home, it may be a good thing to get them out of their for Christmas and in a family environment instead.

My poem 'Christmas' from my book - Poems From a Runaway - goes on to explain why I personally chose living on the streets as a young teenager, than being around a children's home, which had often felt a little dull and lonely when most of the other kids went back home for Christmas.

Something to think about for the current festive season as well as next year. 

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New Video of 'West End Adventures' from 'Poems From a Runaway


Here's another one of my true-story poems from my book, about me sleeping rough and being a beggar on Picadilly in London's West End at the age of fourteen.



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New video of 'Free Drinks On Haymarket' from 'Poems From a Runaway


Ello everyone, Merry Christmas.

Here's a video version of my poem from my book called 'Free Drinks On Haymarket' which is a true story about me being missing in London at around thirteen years old, and wandering into the sports cafe on Haymarket, near Piccadilly Circus in London, and pretended I was a Walsall FC reserve team football player lol.



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New video of my poem 'The Coaches From Glasgow' - From 'Poems From a Runaway'

So you'll have to bear with me whilst I'm still practicing my spoken word. Hopefully it will get better.

So whilst sleeping rough in Victoria, Central London, at thirteen years old. I'd meet a lot of northerners and Scottish lads that had arrived into London from the coaches and would be wondering around with a backpack. 

After seeing them a month or too later , sometimes you could just too often see, a sad story unfolding. 



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New Video of 'Toby Sycamore' from Poems From a Runaway


So yeah, a true story. 
When I was twelve and on the run in London's East End, I spent four months every day speaking with a fake London accent to avoid being caught by the old bill lol. 

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New Video of 'East End Adventures' from Poems From a Runaway


Here's a video of my true story poem from my book, about finding myself living and hanging around the streets of Whitechapel at twelve years old whilst on the run and missing from my Staffordshire foster home. 




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New Video of - Running Further Part Two - from 'Poems From a Runaway


Here's a video recording of 'Running Further Part Two' which is one of the stories early on in the book about how I came to find myself running away to London at twelve years old. 



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New Video of 'Running Further Part One' from Poems From a Runaway


Here's a new video version of one of my poems from Poems From a Runaway.

This is about when I started getting a taste for running away, getting further but not in London yet by this point. 



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New Video of - Great Haywood - From 'Poems From a Runaway'


Just thought I'd upload a video of one of my poems from my book called Great Haywood.
Despite spending over a year on this book, I really never expected to be a sort of Poet, so you'l have to bear with my whilst I get my practice for the spoken word in.


It's one of 60 poems from the book, and this one is from quite early on, and is about my first ever time running away overnight.where I ended up sleeping in a ditch at the side of a main road at around aged ten or something. 


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A video introduction into Poems From a Runaway

Hope everyone's had a great festive season. 
I made some videos the other day and ended up going to visit some of the family so I didn't have time to upload them.

But here's an introduction into my book Poems From a Runaway which is available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1981314350






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A 20 year old poem, from a kid in care

Throughout my journey as kid, and even through adulthood, there have always been what seems a team of angels to keep me on the right track.
Despite being a 'Persistent absconder' and often in and out of court whilst living in the children's homes, life has always brought me one or two people that seem to really understand me.

I guess that's life ay, often judged by the moment you're in, and the cards you've been dealt.
But not by a guy called Adrian, who had worked in the 'Old Penkridge Road' Children's home in Cannock during my time there.

He told me that there was a poetry competition going on in the magazine that gets send to the children's homes and foster parents, which was called back then - 'Who Cares Magazine'. (It's not changed it's name to 'Become' , and remains a valuable resource for young people in care.

So one day I sat and wrote a poem, Adrian sent it off for me, and then I forgot about it and ran off back to London.
A few months later, when I had moved to Aldridge, near Walsall, to what were my fifth set of foster parents in four years, I was to find out I had won the under 13's poetry competition.

I'd won a Minolta camera and me and my foster parents Ann and Ted were to go to London to have dinner with the Who Cares team, and collect our camera and award along with a girl called Sarah  who'd won the over 13's.

As I'd ran off to London on my own accord many times, I think they all presumed I'd do a runner and go flying off into the distance whilst leaving my foster parents standing baffled in the center of London. But I never did, perhaps because I was simply content and enjoying myself.

Anyway, I won't yap on too much longer. So here is is. Short and sweet :)


The cold-hard truths in Poems From a Runaway, that few will want to face

**WARNING - SPOILER ALERT**


For those who have read the 14 preview Poems from Poems From a Runaway,  (The First Fourteen Collection) , I'm not totally sure if it gives an accurate picture of how shocking at times the book can be.

So yeah it's all real, and sometimes I wonder how on earth I'm still standing.
If going through almost every thing that could go wrong in life pretty much always on my own, and the many Christmas's I spent in my younger days walking the streets alone wasn't enough to make some people want to top themselves, then how about being kidnapped, then shouting out of a window for people to call the police, only to be completely ignored.

I shouldn't give any spoilers away I know, but perhaps it needs to be said. Perhaps people think I just spent a few days roaming the streets and that it was all a bit vague.

Perhaps I'll always be disappointing by people. I try my best to see the best in humans, and as some of you know I try to make change, I try so bloomin hard.

I'd also sat on a bridge starving and crying my eyes out at 13 before I had to go shoplifting to savagely eat what felt at the time, like the nicest and most needed baguette in the world

I just wish as a society, that we were better than that. There's only so much we can blame politicians and 'The Man' for.
The fact that this teenager/child was me, is somewhat irrelevant. I don't feel hard done by, I'm past all that. But I do feel disgusted. Sure it was twenty years ago now, but in the grand scheme of things, that's just a blimp in time.

So fix up people, start caring about the world.
Sorry if it's a sad post,  I know it will be too hard for many to want to comprehend.
But I don't do sugar-coating and beating around the bush. This is the hard-cold truth.

Peace out homies.

New Poem - 'The walking wounded'


Okay,  So not the most upbeat of my Poems, but it's that time of year, and I know there are a lot of people feeling this. 

The walking wounded. 



People say that I’m often smiling, but I’m just tired of trying, and inside I’m dying.
I think of those that I’d thought I’d be sharing a story, But I’m forgetting what they look like, and now I’m losing the memory.
What’s the point in chasing folk, that have no interest in knowing me.

When nonses and wrong un’s get much better forgiveness, and then comes Christmas, the constant reminder that you’re just not good enough to be around.
Not good enough for weekly chats, to share our stories and know each other.
I was hoping that by now in time that I’d get stronger, but it just don’t work like that.


Englands fucked, I know I’m not the only one that’s feeling like this, speak up if you dare, cuz it’s not being in care that kills you, but the many years after of still feeling rejection.

Your strong when your young, sure you have you're confused moments of going berserk, but in time it gets worse, if it don’t heal.
Maybe best to close the lid, stop feeling like this and accept the words that have been spoken to you.

“Our family will never be normal” in protest I hear, and are the words I’m replied when you tell them it hurts.
No desire for solutions, they all have each other, whilst you’re on the outside looking in.
 So for those like me, who just wanted to be a part of their own family, and don’t know why it’s all like this, then I truly understand and for you I am sorry.

Not everyone will understand this regular pain, that really does in the end drive you insane.

Not many folk have truly got to where they are on their own, everyone needs a little support from those back at home.
But when they hardly know you, and there’s never any advice, no wonder so many folk then turn to a vice.
So yeah this is England, I don’t care about the weather, but if you reject your own family, then get your act together.



Just a little something from inside my head

It's that time of year again and this popped out of my heart and into my head, I know I'm not the only one feeling it.

Great times, it's happening. Poems From a Runaway is about to be born.

Yes, for the last year or so I've been a total nerd and learning how to self-publish my own book.
As I've mentioned a few times, I really hadn't a clue how much I was taking on but finally it is about to go to print this week from the 1st of December into for festive deliveries.

It's been a mammoth task, and I really must say a huge thank you to everyone that has helped me get this far.
I've put everything on the line for this book, it needed to be done though to be honest, on a personal healing level that is.

Initially i'd never planned for a christmas run, but as everything so far has gone into the book, I was thinking maybe I would sell a few copies to help me over what is going to be a skint humble winter.
But I really believe in time to come this book will be going places, something will come of it, I feel it in my bones.
Weird, positive, 'meant to be' shit is happening.

I went to the Chinese takeaway earlier to get my £3.20 chips, rice and curry sauce (living the dream man, living the dream!) and flicked through the paper to notice myself in it haha.
I completely hadn't expected this particular article inside the #Cannock Chronicle, so it was a bit of a shock.

So I ran quickly over to the Nisa to buy myself a copy, i had exactly enough, 70p.
Cracking article thanks for that!!

(I'll post the pics at the bottom of the page)

Anyway if your new to this site and still trying to work your way around, you can either view the First Fourteen of my written poems here at the following link.

http://benwestwooduk.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/complete-list-of-current-published.html

Or Pre-order your copy from the paypal button below for deliveries over the festive period.
The first, 350 page colour edition of Poems From a Runaway is £13.99 + £3.50 postage.
(Just a note to say really, this isn't a sales pitch, but for the moment this book is printed on a run of less of 100 copies so they are expected to go fast.
Ordering before 3rd of December will guarantee your copy in time for Christmas, after that I will be adding the stock numbers to my paypal buttons until the next and bigger print run in March.)




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Thanks for reading.
Big Love

From Ben





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Lightspeed robots and wizards at work

Yes you can manage to get a load of stuff done whilst at the same time being completely sat on your own arse!

My housemates must think i'm a total nerd. But deadlines, deadlines deadlines.

My book is about to go to print very very very soon and still last minute touch ups and found typo's have needed to be sorted.
For sure I've put myself under way too much pressure to try and release an edition for Christmas instead of waiting until next March, but I've learned a heck of a lot and somewhat have surprised myself.

So in around two weeks, I'll have an actual physical copy of my book, and this writing malarky to be honest, i don't want to stop. There's more to come out of me yet.

I finally managed to get some sleep this morning for a few hours, despite quite an intense surprise toothache popping up to do my nut in for ages. The photo of me (above) is from beforehand  when having only slept for 2 hours the last 2 nights whilst re-editing what had came back from proofing.


Thankfully a few important typo's were spotted and corrected. It's possible one or two will be found in there still perhaps, who knows.
Yoghurt Top Media also did a great job or correcting one of my major cock-ups, well I may as well admit it.

Assuming my book was all final, done and complete (before my proofs came back), I'd registered the ISBN number description as 'a 349 page short novel in poetry about'...ect ect
I didn't need to mention the number of pages on there, but it's taken a lot of work to not cowboy it together and make it finally an actually 349 page book.
So much added pressure.

There'll be a second edition coming at some point, maybe for march but I won't be making the same mistakes again for sure, nice bit of learning this, all helps along the way ay.

Ciao for now.

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Finding some of the real-life characters in my story

Already I've met up with Peter who still works on Piccadilly doing the newspapers.
What was once a flower stall is now your typical West End souvenir stand.

"Big Ben!" he calls out as soon as I approach him and he spots me.
It's nice to see someone again from such a long time ago.

George, who sold the Evening Standard next to the flower stall back in the day whilst Peter sold it around the corner, had moved away.
Maybe one day I'll find him again, I'd love to. "Georgey Moore, superstar", he'd know who I was after reading that.
Apparently he's down on the south coast somewhere, if anyone knows him, get him in touch.

Neither Peter or George knew I was a runaway until after I'd told them once I'd turned sixteen and I knew that I'd be safe from anyone grassing me up.
Although both told me after that they'd suspected it.

As for the girl from Nuneaton , I wonder how life turned out for her and it would be cool to say hello. She was around nineteen years old around the turn of the millennium when she'd ran off from home, and I hope she found her way back  safely.
I don't think she had a clue I was a fourteen/fifteen year old runaway, and I'm intrigued to know where she went after climbing out of the window.

Also inside my memory list, is an Australian woman called Lia, that worked in a hairdressers in Mayfair.
She lived in Cricklewood sharing a house with two guys, one from South Africa and the other from New Zealand if I remember rightly.

I have a whole poem dedicated to her and her crew, interesting times. Thanks Lia!

If you've not heard about the family from Plantation, Florida then check out the WSVN 7news call out to them here.


And finally (for now), the lady who would play scrabble with me on the Piccadilly.
It's not often that a resident of the Athenaeum hotel on Piccadilly, comes out and sits with you at your begging spot and plays scrabble.
I'd love to find her, she really is a one-in-a-million.
Definitely a bunch of flowers coming her way if she gets in touch. Top lady. Thank you!
I think she may have been Canadian but my memory may be wrong and she could be american.

If you think you are, or may know, any of these people I've mentioned (apart from Peter, I know where to find him), then please get in touch at benwestwooduk@gmail.com

Massive Love.

Ben Westwood.






Follow the true story of a young teenager running away from home and the state, in a premature search for independence. In poetry.

Making choices that often only a young mind would make, Ben tells his
 story and memories of being in the social services system from eleven years old, as well as 1990s London street life, as a missing runaway sleeping rough.

From angels, predators, shocking times to heart-warming moments, Musician and now debut author Ben Westwood gives an insight into the mind of a rebellious-spirited youngster trying to find his own way in the world.
You can read the first fourteen poems written for this project at the following link.
http://benwestwooduk.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/complete-list-of-current-published.html



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A new journey into poetry

After many years of conversations, and thoughts of doing a book about my times on the streets as a runaway teenager, I'm glad to say that I've finally done it!

I'd really wanted to share my journeys and little stories anyway, and found poetry was the best medium, for myself, to get a book completed.

I'd tried writing it as a normal book a few times, but not only did it sound a little monotonous reading myself talking about myself, but also some of the darker stories would make me malfunction for several days, unable to be creative and continue writing.
Never a state of mind of feeling sorry for myself, but just the same subconscious depressions as in my story that I'd often be unaware of.

So for me, writing it in poetry was a digestible way, to get these stories written and out, without simply droning on about myself.

Also, as a lot of it is set in the middle of London, I'd found it quite fitting.
I'm glad to know that a few of my friends seem to think it's working that way also.

I've never considered myself a poet, I guess maybe until now.
Being invited to poetry open-mic nights and similar events, I feel a complete amateur.  I'm new to all this.
So with this book comes a new journey, and one I will have to embrace if I am to promote this book properly.
The art of spoken word.

If you've stumbled on this page from google and your taste in poetry is more often poems about meadows, fluffy kittens, reflections on lakes and seed's blowing in the wind, then this book may not be for you.
(I love meadows, kittens, lakes and seeds by the way!)

Prepare to get filthy!
I may as well try and get sponsored by some shower-gel company or something because people are so gonna need a scrub after reading this.

Thanks for reading, you can find out more about my book here > http://benwestwooduk.blogspot.co.uk/p/poems-from-runaway.html

UK musician and author in bid to find the Plantation, Florida family that shown him ‘Great act of compassion’ during his time on the street as a runaway in London around year 2000.

From the age of nine, musician and author Ben Westwood began running away from home, going missing to nearby towns for sometimes weeks on end.
By eleven, he’d gone through a series of foster carers before one day leaving on a train, and ended up living on the streets of London by aged 13.

When Ben was around aged fourteen, he was sleeping rough on Piccadilly, near Green Park underground station.

During his time there he was approached by a family from Plantation, Florida that were on vacation there.
After buying him drinks and food, they had taken him back to their hotel and brought him clothes.
Ben claims he will never forget the act of kindness the family showed him, and the connection he still feels with them.
However he claims that the family may not have known he was a runaway, as he lied about his age, claiming that he was eighteen.

In a recent interview on WSVN 7News, Ben quotes
“Oh, this has stuck with me.
I’m 32 years old now, so this is like, 18 or 20 years now.”

He added – “I’ve also been spending most of 2017 writing a novel in poetry about my journey into adulthood on the streets, and a whole poem is dedicated to them called ‘The Family From Plantation’.
I’d really like to give them one of the books and perhaps the Mum a bunch of flowers, to say thanks and how special I think their act of kindness was.”


You can view the recent 7news interview at http://wsvn.com/news/special-reports/runaway-reunion/

If you think you may be one of the people on vacation in London those times around the year 2000, or you may know them, then you can contact 7news at http://wsvn.com/contact-us/

Or Ben Westwood directly on his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/poemsfromarunaway

About Poems From a Runaway - By Ben Westwood





Follow the true story of a young teenager running away from home and the state, in a premature search for independence. In poetry.

Making choices that often only a young mind would make, Ben tells his
 story and memories of being in the social services system from eleven years old, as well as 1990s London street life, as a missing runaway sleeping rough.

From angels, predators, shocking times to heart-warming moments, Musician and now debut author Ben Westwood gives an insight into the mind of a rebellious-spirited youngster trying to find his own way in the world.
You can read the first fourteen poems written for this project at the following link.
http://benwestwooduk.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/complete-list-of-current-published.html


OUT NOW!

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copy before the new year.

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Can you help find this family from Plantation, Florida?

I'm not too sure if it's the case that they want to be contacted or not, but in my new book - Poems From a Runaway, I have one poem dedicated to a family that have always stuck in my mind.

 I weren't any older than fourteen I don't think, and after going through a time in life where I spent almost all of it living on the streets of London, this family were a bright spark in what had been sort of an odd world to live in.

A big thanks to WSVN 7news for doing this article and video in an attempt to reunite me with the family to say thank you.
What the news article hadn't mentioned, was that they hadn't (or to my knowledge) known I was a runaway.

Some people may take for granted the kind gestures this family showed, but it was enough for me to dedicate them a poem in my book called 'The family from Plantation'

So if you are reading, and you happen to be from the Miami area,  perhaps you might know a family that traveled to London sometime around 1998 to the year 2000, stayed in a hotel on Piccadilly and mentioned meeting up with a young boy that lived on the street.
The sister was around four years older than her brother, she had been in here school wrestling team I think I remember hearing.

My thinking is. is that it' a small world now with the internet and stuff. I'd really love to give them a copy of my book.
If you think you may know the family then please do get in touch at benwestwooduk (at) gmail.com

Here is the report from WSVN 7news , a massive thanks to them for covering this piece :)
http://wsvn.com/news/special-reports/runaway-reunion/

Big Love.
From Ben Westwood.



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Great news! Your support needed for a last minute Christmas print run!





Great news to all my followers of my upcoming book - Poems from a runaway.

I'm taking pre-orders  for the VERY FIRST edition of Poems from a runaway. To get copies out over the festive period.

This will be a short and exclusive print run for anyone placing an order during this time.
After this time it will be unlikely there is a big print run until March, when the official launch campaign for my book will start.

If you'd like a copy or two of Poems from a runaway for over the winter period, then here's your chance to get your 350 page paperback written by yours truly.

If you are based outside of the UK, please contact me at benwestwooduk@gmail.com for special delivery arrangement.


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Update on my book photography

I've been in London over the last week to take some photos for the book Poems from a runaway book.

"I'll just take some photos and make a film" I said. 'Should be easy' I thought.

What I didn't tell anybody is that even at the age of 32, I've never actually owned a decent camera, so all week I've been stuck on YouTube learning all sorts of stuff about photography I wish I'd learned years ago. But courses for horses I guess.

ISO 400 this, shutter-speed that. I think I'm getting to grips with it all now. 
But not even DIY photography Youtube course could prepare me for the ever-changing London scenery.
So much of what I knew from twenty years ago and really wanted to capture in the book has now simply gone, changed, been built over.

Whitechapel was interesting, it certainly had a much safer feel to it, or perhaps I'm just not seeing things. What I knew as the Royal London hospital on the face of Whitechapel High street has now closed down and the hospital has been relocated to the back.

There was no 'Gherkin' building in the skyline when I myself was in Whitechapel, so in terms of the book it feels strange to have it featured. I'm thinking perhaps getting permission for a few old photos. 
I didn't come across any old faces from Whitechapel whilst photographing there, but then again I was on my own at that time and those folk are to be found roaming in the night-time hours...it was too early even at 10 o'clock at night. 

The fire-exit of the nightclub on Piccadilly I used to sleep in, and the Lebanese restaurant next to it is now being built into something else and the doorway itself is actually blocked off.
I manage to get a few snaps with some of the 'then' Evening Standard sellers I knew from almost two decades ago when I was around late thirteen. Peter and John.
They'd sort of taken me under their wing after finding me gouching out from sleep deprivation on the steps of Green Park station.
I'd spent a lot of time hanging out with the Evening Standard sellers,and I was hoping to find George who I mainly hung out with during the time I spent there, but he's moved elsewhere but I'm tempted to track him down.

A few other contacts I was planning to meet have gone off the radar and I'm hoping will be back in touch soon.
Filming has been a bit of pain due to some technical stuff at the moments, as especially as I didn't hit target on the fundraiser it's slowed thing down a touch. 
So there's still a return trip to London to do soon for some more filming.

Anyway I thought I'd give anyone interested an update. And to my supporter members, I'll working on getting some more quality content to you, it's all in the process.
Here's a picture of me and Peter who sold the Standard at Green Park tube station.
Ciao for now.
Quick rest up needed!



Great news to all my followers of my upcoming book - Poems from a runaway.

I'm taking pre-orders  for the VERY FIRST edition of Poems from a runaway. To get copies out over the festive period.

This will be a short and exclusive print run for anyone placing an order during this time.
After this time it will be unlikely there is a big print run until March, when the official launch campaign for my book will start.

If you'd like a copy or two of Poems from a runaway for over the winter period, then here's your chance to get your 350 page paperback written by yours truly.

If you are based outside of the UK, please contact me at benwestwooduk@gmail.com for special delivery arrangement.


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A massive thanks to my poetry book project supporters.

Hello!

Ok, so to tell you the truth, I've overwhelmed myself a bit. Oh well, I'm sure it will keep me on my toes!

Anyway, a massive thanks to those who have donated to my crowdfunder campaign which is now over.
So I didn't hit my £600 target but that's OK, I'll still pull it all off and give my supporters some quality film and Vlog content as well as getting some images for the book and internet stuff.

By the time the deadline had finished my fundraising campaign at hit £345 which is fantastic and I'm really happy with the support.
However if your thinking of using 'Crowdfunder' to launch a similar campaign it might be worth noting that funds only come of out peoples account on the time of the project deadline, which has sort of screwed me over a little bit.

I'll be topping up the shortfall with my own money so don't worry about that, but actually £45 of my donations haven't made it into the kitty which is why I'm going to be have to be doing some busking to top it up.
(£40 of it was my own donations to the campaign which I thought had been cleared from my bank which was empty at the time of the campaign deadline. I did think for a moment I may have had some extra money in my account but had presumed everything I'd paid on my card had been cleared.)

So yeah sort of my own fault but in a way I'm sort of lucky it was only mine and one other persons £5 donation that never made it into the crowdfunder pot, it would have been a disaster if a few others had also been skint at the time.
I'm also hoping it hasn't confused everyone else who's transactions were successful in the end, I'm presuming a few of them may have thought their donations had already been added. Sorry to anyone if it has.

Mid-way through the campaign it was obvious I wasn't going to hit target, so decided to change the 'anything over the £600 target' gets donated to The Connections at St Martins , to 15% of the total funds raised.
I would have felt a bit crappy not hitting target and not donating to them after aiming to include them in the campaign, and with just over £50 for them raised from the crowdfunder which is great, I think a charity busk is in order to top that up a little bit.

The Connection at St Martins are a great charity based in Central London providing much help for people finding themselves homeless including help with emergency housing, practical help such as washing facilities, hot food and internet access as well as organising  art/music workshops, sports, therapy groups and trips out.
They have played an important part in my teenage life and important years growing up and continue to provide support to homeless people many years on.

If you'd like to make a donation to them directly you can by visiting the following link.
https://www.connection-at-stmartins.org.uk/donate/

Also a big welcome aboard to my new supporter members who donated at least a tenner towards my crowdfunder.
Your welcome packs and all the new unreleased content I've been writing towards my book are on their way and by the time you've read this you may already be stuck into the poems :)
I can't wait to produce you some cool film, thanks for helping me make this happen!

If you missed the crowdfunder campaign but still want to become a supporter member and gain exclusive access to all my new content as well as updates then you can find out more at the following link.
It's sort of like buying the book in advance, in digital for, but getting loads of bonus features such as poems that may not make it into the book, first drafts , films and new ideas.
Once your a supporter member you'll be a vital part of helping my book project push along, and you won't be forgotten.
Find out more here > http://benwestwooduk.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/supporters-area-bens-poetry-book-poems.html

So that's it for now really. I'm excited about London but I've done so much yapping on about the crowdfunder that it's taken me away a little bit. I'm going to enjoy doing it but in a way I'll be relieved when it's done.
I just want to get writing again which hasn't been happening so much with all this crowdfunder stuff going on.
So time to get everything wrapped up and give these good people what they paid for.

Ciao for now!
Massive Love.
Ben Westwood.

Great news to all my followers of my upcoming book - Poems from a runaway.

I'm taking pre-orders between 31st of November until Sunday 5th of December for the VERY FIRST edition of Poems from a runaway. To get copies out over the festive period.

This will be a short and exclusive print run for anyone placing an order during this time.
After this time it will be unlikely there is a big print run until March, when the official launch campaign for my book will start.

If you'd like a copy or two of Poems from a runaway for over the winter period, then here's your chance to get your 350 page paperback written by yours truly.

If you are based outside of the UK, please contact me at benwestwooduk@gmail.com for special delivery arrangement.


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