Paul Birtill was born in Walton, Liverpool in 1960 and is half Irish. He moved to London in his early twenties and apart from a brief period in Glasgow has lived there ever since. He writes plays as well as verse, one of which was short listed for the Verity Bargate Award.
Paul Birtill’s Collected Poems comprises his first three publications, Terifying Ordeal, So Far So Bad, and Rats Getting Close, plus New Poems.
Birtill covers his favourite themes of death, relationships and mental illness with his usual brand of dark humour and deep-veined irony – definitely not for the faint-hearted.
His Selection of Poems from Terrifying Ordeal, was first published by Hearing Eye in 1996 in the Torriano Meeting House Poetry Pamphlet series, and was reprinted in 1997. While the full collection is available, the original pamphlet is also still available.
“His stark and hard-hitting verse skillfully echoes the neuroses of 90’s life” Irish Post
“Serious and deadpan, and then suddenly, incongruously comic” Daniel Paddington, Time Out
Paul Birtill has his own website at www.paulbirtill.com