Poems from a runaway: A true story

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Poems from a runaway: A true story

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 ten years old, wandering from town to town before eventually at the age of twelve, 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. Choices that would have only been made with a youngsters thinking, and angels along the way. Predators, friends, heart-warming 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 sixty poems of various lengths, leading the reader through the reality of this true-story childhood journey. Not only a great read 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 leavers. Places in the UK commonly featured in book – Norton Canes, Staffordshire Brownhills, West Midlands Rugeley, Staffordshire Great Haywood, Staffordshire Lichfield, Staffordshire Cannock, Staffordshire Tamworth, Staffordshire Chasetown, Staffordshire Birmingham, West Midlands Highbury stadium, North London Piccadilly Circus/ Leicester square, Central London Whitechapel/ Aldgate/ Poplar, Tower hamlets, East London Abbey Road, St Johns Wood, London Edmonton Green, North London Victoria, Central London Piccadilly, Central London Aldridge, West Midlands Charing Cross, Central London Plantation, Miami, Florida, Blakenhall, West Midlands Bescot Stadium/ Walsall FC Hyde Park Corner, Central London Cricklewood, North London Nuneaton, Warwickshire