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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