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.

 http://benwestwooduk.blogspot.co.uk/p/poems-from-runaway.html

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



OUT SOON!

Pre-order below 
to get your 

copy before the new year.

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT

(UK delivery only. Sorry!)

International orders from March 2018 via paypal. 

Email benwestwooduk@gmail.com for international delivery requests


Poems from a runaway - Quantity




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!

Pre-order below
 to get your 

copy before the new year.

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT

(UK delivery only. Sorry!)

International orders from March 2018 via paypal. 

Email benwestwooduk@gmail.com for international delivery requests

Poems from a runaway - Quantity




Desktop PDF version (Not for Kindle) £10



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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