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This event was originally scheduled for Friday 1st July but has now been rescheduled to Monday 10th October and Lemn Sissay will now be appearing with Henry Normal.
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 Normal 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-created and co-wrote the first series of The Royle Family. He also co-wrote the Mrs Merton Show, Paul and Pauline Calf Video Diaries, Coogan’s Run, Tony Ferrino, Doctor Terrible 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.
Since retiring from TV in April 2016 Henry has written and performed six BBC Radio 4 shows combining comedy, poetry and stories about bringing up his autistic son.
“The funniest man you’ve never heard of” The Telegraph
“Witty and uncannily accurate with his observations” – The Stage
A memoirist performer and broadcaster he has read on stage from London Palladium to The Library of Congress in The United States, Addis Ababa, and the Opera House of Dubai. He was awarded The Pen Pinter Prize in 2019 when his memoir ‘My name Is Why’ reached number one in The Sunday Times bestseller list. His television documentaries have been nominated for Griersons BAFTA and RTS awards and his work in radio for Sony and Palm D’Ors.
An Honorary Professor at The University of Manchester, Visiting Fellow at Jesus College Cambridge and Honorary Bencher of The Inner Temple
His poems are often part of BBC Proms including Advice For The Living and ‘Spark Catchers’ which became the most viewed concert in the history of the BBC Proms.