One in four people have had a mental health problem at some stage in their lives. I seem to know a lot of one in fours. I myself am a one in four. Sometimes there might be four of us out together and we're all one in fours. I feel more comfortable with one in fours – seem to relate to them better. I'm not sure, but I think my doctor is a one in four.
Paul Birtill was born in Walton, Liverpool, in 1960. He moved to London in his early twenties when he began writing, and apart from a brief period in Glasgow, has lived there ever since. His poems appear regularly in national newspapers, magazines and literary journals and he has read them on national radio and at poetry venues nationwide. He has published a number of collections on the Hearing Eye imprint including the best-selling Terrifying Ordeal and Collected Poems 1987-2010.