Sit Down Poetry:
It's like stand up poetry but more thoughtful and relaxed and easier on the legs.
Armed only with a chair and a mic, stories, jokes and poetry Henry Normal takes on the world
looking for a win-win situation.
Henry is a writer, poet, TV & Film producer, 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
Setting up Baby Cow Productions Ltd in 1990, Henry Executive Produced all and script edited
many of the shows of it's 17 and a half year output during his tenure as MD.
Highlights of the Baby Cow output during his time include the Oscar nominated film 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 8 x BBC Radio 4 shows
combining comedy, poetry and stories about family. His ninth show 'A Normal
Community' was recorded on the 1st june 2022 for transmission during the summer.
Born in St Anne's, Nottingham in 1956, Henry now lives in Fairlight, Nr Hastings with his wife
and screenwriter Angela Pell and their son Johnny.
In April 2018, Two Roads publishers released his book of memoirs 'A Normal Family' which was
written with his wife Angela Pell, drawing on his family experience. It immediately became a
best seller on Amazon and has already been reprinted. The paperback was released on 21st
Although at only 20 years of age and an outsider artist, Henry's son Johnny was given his own
month-long art exhibition in April 2018 at Phoenix entitled, 'Art by Johnny'. The exhibition was
an acclaimed success and broke attendance records.
Henry performs poetry at Literature Festivals around the UK and has eleven poetry books
available from Flapjack Press including the latest entitled 'Collected Poems Vol.2' which was released on 1st Aug 2022.
He was recently given an honorary doctorate of letters by Nottingham Trent University, another
by Nottingham University and has a beer and a bus named after him in Nottingham!
John Cooper Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original ‘people’s poet’.
For two decades, Gretchen Peters has been one of Nashville's most beloved and respected artists.
Whether he’s opening for the Libertines or reciting Georgian ballads down your local, Luke Wright is adept at taking poetry places it doesn’t normally go.
Toria Garbutt is a spoken word artist from Knottingley - a former mining town in West Yorkshire
Mike Garry was a librarian for 15 years before becoming a poet.
Hailed as “a raw and thrilling new talent”, Freya Beer is a singer-songwriter from West London.
Clare is an award winning performance poet, comedienne sculptor and singer who's first spoken word show "California Scheming" toured the UK to rave reviews.