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Welcome to Ben Westwood's collection of 60 true-story poems, Poems from a Runaway. It’s his story of being a teenager in care, and a frequent runaway from the West Midlands (UK).

Follow him on a journey from 10 years old, wandering from town to town before eventually at the age of 12, finding himself in the East End of London with drug addicts and prostitutes. A year later, he was to be sleeping rough in London’s West End, meeting celebrities and all sorts of folk. It’s a story with many tragedies, but also comedic moments. This collection tell of choices that would have only been made with a youngster's thinking, and of stories about angels along the way. 

"Predators, friends, heartwarming times and dangerous moments. Hustles, wind-ups, and the way young people entertain themselves along the way. Some moments in life that some may never had knew existed."

A collection of 60 poems of various lengths lead the listener through the reality of this true-story childhood journey. Not only a great collection of stories and an eye-opener for general book and poetry lovers, but also a great resource for foster parents, social workers, mental health support services, homeless services, child advocates and care givers.

©2017 Ben Westwood (P)2021 Ben Westwood

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Engaging and genuine

Simple rhymes & storytelling, Though clearly from a more Complex character.
Not a tragedy or cautionary tale,
A people person, It's easy to like This kid, and relate to His need
For independance, while hoping
He'll be okay.
Narration is very good, and
The Midlands accent felt
True to the character.