Spoiler Alert! Children's home poem from 'Welcome to Leatheton'

Hello :)

My new eBook 'Welcome to Leatheton'  is a pretty mixed bag. (You can find out more about it at https://benwestwood.wixsite.com/runaway/blog/this-is-leatheton-my-new-ebook-series )

Anyway... I thought as most of my Twitter followers are social workers giving a voice to young people in care, that they might want to read the children's home poem from the book.

I'd love to know what you all think.

'Welcome to Leatheton' is out in digital format July 1st and is available to pre-order for £1.99 at https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07S6C8GCZ/





The children’s home



Up at the top of St Peters Road, a set of conifers will hide,
the entrance of the children’s home, that has eight kids inside.
There’s Justin, Sarah, Alfie, Robert, Crystal, Diane, Jax.
And Shane has gone to see his Mum, in three days he’ll come back.


One day there were three youngsters, inside of the home’s  car.
On their way to then go to, the next town’s cinema.
The two staff had just quickly gone, to search for their lost keys.
“Has someone took them once again?
If you have then give them please!” 


But no-one had taken the car keys, the staff were soon to see.
But where they had parked up the car, the parking space was free.
They heard some voices shouting loud, the staff ran up the street.
Robert, Diane and Jax jumped out, but Alfie’s in the driving seat.


The car is rolling down the road, he knows of his mistake -
after thinking it was funny, to let off the handbrake.
And push the car on to the road, and send it rolling down.
But now he’s hit a parked up car, and feels like a right clown.


The owner then came rushing out, and then soon called the police.
“We’re bloody sick of this kids-home, and we all just want some peace.”
They had complained to the Leatheton Gazette, of their frustrating pain.
But half of the stories weren’t the full truth, and the kid’s home often gets the blame.


They had started a petition, and wrote to their MP.
The total people that had signed it were no more than twenty-three.
It was obvious the neighbours there, were kicking up a rage.
“Children’s home gang trouble” was the headline of the front page.

They’d written in the article so much that wasn’t true.
Such as burglaries and break-ins, and drug dealing from there too.
 A social worker called Linda said “Look this just ain’t right.
We’ve got to show people the truth, and put up a good fight.”


So then she hired the Rugby club, for a whole Saturday.
Laid on some entertainment, and put on a big buffet.
Invited all the local neighbours, to meet the kids living at the home.
It was the first time ever in this town, a glimpse of their lives was shown.


The neighbours had soon come to learn, the stories from in care.
And the feelings of abandonment and the trauma in some there.
Abid Ali offered jobs, fixing phones once they’d turned sixteen.
Diane’s been offered to try out for the young women’s rugby team.


 The day went on from ten up until six, a refreshing day in Leatheton for sure.
Now Robert, Sarah and Jax have all found local foster homes,

and the petition don’t exist anymore. 



(End)




Copyright Ben Westwood 2019



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Update on my stuff. My new eBook series, poetry comp for young people in care and more.





Poems From a Runaway


If you're one of the few reading this that doesn't know anything about Poems From a Runaway (like hello, where have you been the last year?) then everything you need to know about my childhood story of being a frequent runaway and living on the streets of London can be found at https://benwestwood.wixsite.com/runaway

You can also purchase signed high-quality colour versions of the book at the 'My Book' section there too as well as read my blog which features my journey of being a self-published and debut author.
It is also available as an eBook and in paperback directly from Amazon at https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1981314350

I've now also added a wholesale option which currently ends September (But I'll see what I can do to get it going for longer)
10 colour copies for £105 or 50 for £510. Including fees and delivery.

 These will be unsigned as will be shipped direct from book suppliers. For inquiries about this contact benwestwooduk@gmail.com

To purchase wholesale orders at a discounted price visit my page at https://benwestwood.wixsite.com/runaway/blog/wholesale-page-for-bulk-orders




International Poetry Competition For Children In Care.

If you've not already heard - I'm running an international poetry competition open to both young people in care and care leavers.
It's a great way to help keep both young people and adults creative. Entries for all categories are to be submitted ONLY by a registered social worker /support worker.
For more information about the competition including prizes and how to enter visit https://benwestwood.wixsite.com/runaway/blog/2019-international-poetry-competition-for-children-in-care

Last entries by September 1st 2019. (benwestwooduk@gmail.com)



'This is Leatheton' eBook series.

If you like my poetry stuff, then I'm writing a series called 'This Is Leatheton'.
The first book is titled 'Welcome to Leatheton' and is out on July 1st.
You can be among the first this gritty, real and raw yet comedic story-in-verse fiction novella.
You can pre-order it for £1.99 at https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07S6C8GCZ/

You can find out more about it at https://benwestwood.wixsite.com/runaway/blog/my-new-fiction-project-will-still-feature-the-care-system-and-runaways-pre-order-today


And finally...

If you're an avid novel reader, then check out Jane Corry's exciting new thriller called 'I looked Away' which comes out on June 27th and is available to both purchase and pre-order at https://amzn.to/2Joag3C

Jane is an award-winning established author. As well as being a journalist working as a writer-in-residence in a high security prison for men - she also was a tutor in creative writing at Oxford University and is a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and My Weekly magazine.

Back when she was writing 'I looked Away' , a shared some of my experiences of being homeless with Jane and she has featured a poem written by myself inside the book.




Contact


The best place to currently find me at the moment is over on Twitter @PoemsFaRunaway
You can also email me for formal requests at benwestwooduk@gmail.com


My NEW fiction project will STILL feature the care system and runaways. Pre-order today.



'Welcome to Leatheton' Released on 1st July 2019 - £1.99 to pre-order on Amazon at https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07S6C8GCZ/




It's been over a year and a half since I first published by childhood story 'in-verse' Poems From a Runaway', and before I continue I just want to say a huge thanks again to those mainly on Twitter (and a few over on Facebook also) for helping this book get to where it has.

Since self-publishing my stories about running away and sleeping rough in London as a child and teenager I've been to European Parliament, various social work conferences, done heaps of blogging and interviews and the highlight of this year was meeting hundreds of great souls at the recent Care Experienced Conference in Liverpool.


Anyway without yapping on too much, I've got a new project on the go, an eBook, and I'm asking as many of you as possible to pre-order it to help me get a bit of recognition in the rankings on Amazon.
It's cheap as chips at just £1.99 to pre-order, and is well worth the bang for you eBook!
If I can get 100 people in a month to pre-order it, it will be a job well done - so although I'm really proud to present what I think is a great little book full of soul, a really big thanks to any of you that pre-order this for it's release on 1st July 2019.


I'm pleased to say that it's quite a similar format to Poems From a Runaway, in the sense that it's heaps of mini-stories weaved into one big story which is Leatheton town.

There is also a children's home poem which is based from personal experiences of living in residential care as a teenager myself.
Oddly enough, a month or so after writing this a similar real-life story happened in Stoke-On-Trent where the neighbours petitioned against the opening of a children's home.

There is also a character in my book series called Jack, whom is seven years old in the first book and lives with his mother whom is an alcoholic. There is a story in the book about when he runs away.

There's heaps more in there as you discover the characters and stories of Leatheton.
You'll also develop a relationship with Derry the dog, whom also weaves in and out of the series.

Homelessness, Mental Health, Relationships, Struggles, Randomness and Comedy.
Just like in 'Poems From a Runaway', it's all their again.

If the eBook campaign is a success, I'll publish the 'This Is Leatheton' series in paperback upon release of the last edition.
In the meantime, it's available for your phones, laptops, Kindle's and tablets in eBook format for just £1.99 and will likely save a few trees in the process.


Big Love.

Pre-order 'Welcome to Leatheton' for £1.99 at https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07S6C8GCZ/
You won't be charged until the eBook is released on 1st July 2019.





Poems From a Runaway - A True Story is also available both as an eBook (£3.49) and in paperback (£14.69)
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1981314350
You can also read samples of Poems From a Runaway at https://benwestwood.wixsite.com/runaway/sample-poems

My new eBook series 'This is Leatheton' coming soon. Available for pre-order

Release date - 1st July 2019
You can pre-order the 1st eBook of the series 'Welcome to Leatheton' for just £1.99
at https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07S6C8GCZ/




If you enjoyed the poetry reading style of 'Poems From a Runaway - A True Story' , then you'll probably love this too. It's written and laid out similarly, just as gritty, down to earth and in it's own way - a chance to reflect on the different types of people in our society.
It's also a celebration of our diverse communities.
Hopefully some of the characters in this series will remind you of some people that you know.


Although it's a work of fiction, many real moments have inspired me to write 'Welcome to Leatheton' which will go on to be part of a book series called 'This is Leatheton'.


Where is Leatheton?

The fictional town of Leatheton is based approximately 30 miles from London, England.
It was once a bustling market town many, many years ago - but has since hit hard times over the last twenty-five years.
People still try their best to enjoy themselves here though, most of them anyway.
Still it has stories.The good, the bad and the ugly.


Read how a small dog becomes a national celebrity overnight, and what happens when some of the locals cause a fuss about their local children's home.

In all there are 33 poems in 'Welcome to Leatheton', and for less than the price of a coffee you can't go wrong, and you definitely get some bang for your eBook here.


 If you're one of the very first people to read my latest (and 2nd ever) book , then please do let me know what you think, by using the hashtags #Leatheton or #ThisIsLeatheton - as well as tagging me on Twitter @PoemsFaRunaway


This short series will be available exclusive on Amazon as an eBook (for laptops, phones, tablets etc), with plans to be released on paperback in the upcoming months.


Thanks to all those that help spread the word, and I really hope you enjoy my new work. :)
Big Love.


Out July the first.
Click the eBook cover to pre-order :) 



Official Announcement - From my upcoming book - a work of reality-based fiction - children's homes

I'm soon to release my book for pre-order. >>> https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07S6C8GCZ/
This is the first ever official announcement of it in fact. I'm not even going to reveal the name of it yet. (It's coming soon so keep your eyes on this blog)

Coincidentally, I wrote this piece of fiction around a month or two before the article about the children's home in Stoke-On-Trent being petitioned.
The similarities are uncanny,

I'd like to think I was a bit psychic but perhaps this actually goes to show how massive an issue it is, the stigma of children living in homes from fear-mongering neighbors eager to make a big issue out of it by using the press.

Please note that this story is not a representation of children in care in general, but somewhat inspired by some of my own personal experiences around twenty years ago.


Enjoy and look out for my official announcements in the upcoming days and weeks on my new short project which if you enjoy the first one, might even become a series.

Anyway.. Take care and let us know what you think! :)









The children’s home



Up at the top of St Peters Road, a set of conifers will hide,
the entrance of the children’s home, that has eight kids inside.
There’s Justin, Sarah, Alfie, Robert, Crystal, Diane, Jax.
And Shane has gone to see his Mum, in three days he’ll come back.


One day there were three youngsters, inside of the home’s  car.
On their way to then go to, the next town’s cinema.
The two staff had just quickly gone, to search for their lost keys.
“Has someone took them once again?
If you have then give them please!” 


But no-one had taken the car keys, the staff were soon to see.
But where they had parked up the car, the parking space was free.
They heard some voices shouting loud, the staff ran up the street.
Robert, Diane and Jax jumped out, but Alfie’s in the driving seat.


The car is rolling down the road, he knows of his mistake -
after thinking it was funny, to let off the handbrake.
And push the car on to the road, and send it rolling down.
But now he’s hit a parked up car, and feels like a right clown.


The owner then came rushing out, and then soon called the police.
“We’re bloody sick of this kids-home, and we all just want some peace.”
They had complained to the Leatheton Gazette, of their frustrating pain.
But half of the stories weren’t the full truth, and the kid’s home often gets the blame.


They had started a petition, and wrote to their MP.
The total people that had signed it were no more than twenty-three.
It was obvious the neighbours there, were kicking up a rage.
“Children’s home gang trouble” was the headline of the front page.

They’d written in the article so much that wasn’t true.
Such as burglaries and break-ins, and drug dealing from there too.
 A social worker called Linda said “Look this just ain’t right.
We’ve got to show people the truth, and put up a good fight.”


So then she hired the Rugby club, for a whole Saturday.
Laid on some entertainment, and put on a big buffet.
Invited all the local neighbours, to meet the kids living at the home.
It was the first time ever in this town, a glimpse of their lives was shown.


The neighbours had soon come to learn, the stories from in care.
And the feelings of abandonment and the trauma in some there.
Abid Ali offered jobs, fixing phones once they’d turned sixteen.
Diane’s been offered to try out for the young women’s rugby team.


 The day went on from ten up until six, a refreshing day in Leatheton for sure.
Now Robert, Sarah and Jax have all found local foster homes,
and the petition don’t exist anymore.


Coincidences, and children's home stigma

It's been an emotional night for me, an article about 221 residents petitioning against a children's home opening really riled me, so much stigma.

I urge everyone to VOTE YES to speak up for children in care to help change public perception if anything. https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/stoke-on-trent-news/we-dont-want-troubled-kids-2780667

And then it hit me, I've recently written a fiction story as part of my upcoming book.
This is my first ever teaser of it.
Magical coincidences :)




The Children’s Home



Up at the top of St Peters Road, a set of conifers will hide,
the entrance of the children’s home, that has eight kids inside.
There’s Justin, Sarah, Alfie, Robert, Crystal, Diane, Jax.
And Shane has gone to see his Mum, in three days he will come back.


One day there were three kids inside of the parked kids home car.
On their way to then go to, the next town’s cinema.
The two staff had just quickly gone, to search for their lost keys.
“Has someone took them once again?
If you have then give them please!” 

But no-one had taken the car keys, the staff were soon to see.
But where they had parked up the car, the parking space was free.
They heard some voices shouting loud, the staff ran up the street.
Robert, Diane and Jax jumped out, but Alfie’s in the driving seat.

The car is rolling down the road, he knows of his mistake,
After thinking it was funny, to let off the handbrake.
And push the car on to the road, and send it rolling down.
But now he’s hit a parked up car, and feels a right clown.

The owner then comes rushing out, and then soon calls the police.
“We’re bloody sick of this kid’s home, and we all just want some peace.”
They had complained to the Leatheton Gazette, of their frustrating pain.
But half of the stories weren’t the full truth, and the kid’s home gets the blame.

They had started a petition, and wrote to their MP.
The total people that had signed it were no more than twenty-three.
It was obvious the neighbours there, were kicking up a rage.
“Children’s home gang trouble” was the headline of the front page.

They’d written in the article so much that wasn’t true.
Such as burglaries and break-ins, and a murder suspect too.
 A social worker called Lucille said “Look this just ain’t right.
We’ve got to show people the truth, and put up a good fight.”

So then she hired the Rugby club, for a whole Saturday.
Laid on some entertainment, and put on a big buffet.
Invited all the local neighbours, to meet the kids living at the home.
It was the first time ever in this town, a glimpse of their lives had been shown.

The neighbours had soon come to learn, the stories from in care.
And the feelings of abandonment and the trauma in some there.
Abid Ali offered jobs, fixing phones once they’d turned sixteen.
Diane’s been offered to try out for the young womens rugby team.

 The day went on from ten up until six, a refreshing day in Leatheton for sure.
Now Robert, Sarah and Jax have all found new foster homes,
And the petition don’t exist anymore.

(End) 


There will be a link to my upcoming book in the near future :) Peace and Love