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Aspiring poet publishes his verse

Aspiring poet publishes his verse

A Blackpool Sixth student is hoping his collection of poetry will inspire others to get help if they are struggling with mental health and other emotional issues.

Cameron Richards, 17, is studying on the Route 3 programme at the college and has published his first collection of fable poems on Kindle, titled A Field of Emotion, with an impressive 1500 views so far.

His poetry covers themes such as young suicide, substance abuse and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and he hopes his words will offer comfort to people who are struggling with their own mental health.

“I wrote my first poem in August and I just want to help others,” explained Cameron. “I am interested in mental health issues and hope that these poems might help others who have gone through similar issues and not to suffer in silence.”

His poem about mental health issues, Wounded Angels, has received positive reviews online, with one reviewer commenting, “Well done Cameron brought tears to my eyes loved it so much.”

Cameron’s father, Andy Stewart, served in the armed services, and his poem Falling references remembrance and loss through conflict.

A Field of Emotion is Cameron’s first collection of poems and he is hoping to complete a volume of 24 this year to be published as an e-book.