An evening of pure escape with stories, jokes and poems from writer, poet and TV and film producer Henry Normal. Featuring all your favourite poems from his BBC Radio 4 series and his seven poetry collections.
Henry is co-writer and producer of some of the biggest hits of British TV and film of recent years. He co-wrote ‘Mrs Merton’ and ‘The Royle Family’ among others, and produced ‘Gavin and Stacey’, ‘Alan Partridge’, the Oscar-winning film ‘Philomena’, and many more.
His poetry books include his last collection ‘Strikingly Invisible’ and the new collection ‘The Escape Plan’. He has performed his poetry widely across the UK. Henry has written and performed six BBC Radio 4 shows, including his latest; ‘A Normal Universe’.
Henry is a writer, poet and TV and Film producer and founder of the Manchester Poetry Festival (now the Literature festival) and co-founder of the Nottingham Poetry Festival.
In June 2017 he was honoured with a special BAFTA for services to Television.
He co-wrote and script edited the multi-award winning Mrs Merton show and the spin off series Mrs Merton and Malcolm. He also co-created and co-wrote the first series of The Royle Family.
With Steve Coogan he co-wrote the BAFTA winning Paul and Pauline Calf Video Diaries, Coogan's Run, Tony Ferrino, Doctor Terrible and all three of Steve's live tours and the film The Parole Officer.
Setting up Baby Cow Productions Ltd in 1999 Henry Executive Produced all, and script edited many of the shows of its seventeen and a half year output during his tenure as MD.
Highlights of the Baby Cow output during this time include Philomena, I believe in Miracles, Gavin and Stacey, Moone Boy, Uncle, Marion and Geof, Nighty Night, The Mighty Boosh, Red Dwarf, Hunderby, Camping and Alan Partridge,
Since retiring in April 2016 Henry has written and performed five BBC Radio 4 shows 'a normal family', 'a normal life', 'a normal love', 'a normal creativity' and 'a normal nature' combining comedy, poetry and stories about bringing up his autistic son.
In 2018 Henry recorded an episode of 'Poetry Please' which he curated and co-presented with Roger McGough. Henry as also appeared as a guest on 'Quote Unquote', 'The Verb' and many other Radio shows.
Henry performs poetry at Literature Festival's around the UK and has seven recent poetry books out 'Staring Directly at the Eclipse' ,'Travelling Second Class Through Hope', 'Raining Upwards, 'This Phantom Breath', The Department of Lost Wishes' , ' Swallowing the Entire Ocean' and 'Strikingly Invisible'
His latest collection is a selected works entitled 'The Escape Plan'.
'Not heard anything that jumps from hilarious to moving in such an intelligent, subtle way as Henry Normal's show' - Radio Times
“the Alan Bennett of poetry” The Scotsman
“Dovetails bittersweet poetry with a sublimely observant wit' The Guardian
“A mixture of the absurd and downright wacky...a gentle giant of stand-up poetry” The List
“The poetry itself is stuff of proper substance, marrying the suburban beauty of Beatles ballads with the blunt candour of the kitchen sink” The Guardian
'The funniest man you've never heard of' The Telegraph
'Witty and uncannily accurate with his observations' - The Stage
'Distinctly funny' - Time Out “Shove up National Treasures. We need to make room for Henry Normal' Simon O'Hagan - Radio Times
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