Poem introduction

I was hooked up with the scientist Ian Hutchison from Saving Faces by the Royal Society of Medicine who asked me to pick an area of medicine which interested me, so I picked the area of so-called facial deformity, or facial disfigurement, because I found that fascinating. And then he sent me all these articles about it and I began to read more and more articles about children and I found that I just couldn’t write the poem, I had too information in a strange way, I read so much and I learnt so much but I had too much information, and then one day I just woke up with this image of this girl who was born with a map of Australia on her face, and once I had that image I had the poem.

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