Malvern care leaver to perform live reading and carry out book signing at town bookshop - The Malvern Observer

Malvern care leaver to perform live reading and carry out book signing at town bookshop

Malvern Editorial 21st Mar, 2023   0

A BOOKSHOP in Malvern will be hosting a live reading and signing for a local care leavers’ latest book.

‘Poems From a Runaway’ written by Ben Westwood features poems and short stories from his experiences as a runaway child living on the streets of London’s Whitechapel and Piccadilly.

Ben said: “If you’re expecting tales of woe and pity, you’re in for a surprise.

“I really just want to shed light on the resilience of care leavers and how human connection has helped me to get to where I am today.”

The book signing, at Malvern Cooperative bookshop from 10am to 12pm on Saturday, March, 25, will be hosted in partnership with The Rees Foundation – a charity which helps people who have been in care.

Melody Douglas, chief executive officer at the Rees Foundation said: “We’re delighted Ben has the opportunity to read extracts from his book – he is such a talented writer.




“The Rees Foundation aims to support care experienced people of all ages.

“Care shouldn’t stop at 25 and we offer a range of projects that help people at various stages of their lives.


“Ben is a shining example of someone who has been overlooked in life but is still fighting.”

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