Henry Normal

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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 Parole Officer.

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 tenth show 'A Normal Home' will be recorded on the 18th November 2022 for transmission on the 20th December.

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 March 2019.

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' out 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!

Succinct, heartrending and peppered with gentle punchlines’ Hannah Verdier, The Guardian
Shove up National Treasures. We need to make room for Henry Normal" Simon ';Hagan - 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

"Witty and uncannily accurate with his observations"- The Stage

"Distinctly funny" - Time Out

It’s a rare and lovely thing: half an hour of radio that stops you short, gently demands your attention and then wipes your tears away while you have to have a little sit down - The Guardian

" a real treat to hear a seasoned professional like Henry taking command of this evening comedy spot to deliver a show that's idiosyncratic and effortlessly funny

"Not heard anything that jumps from hilarious to moving in such an intelligent, subtle way as Henry Normal"

Thursday 8th June 2023

Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton

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Friday 9th June 2023

The Witham, Barnard Castle

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Saturday 10th June 2023

Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

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Sunday 11th June 2023

Chorley Theatre

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Thursday 15th June 2023

Worthing Pavilion Atrium

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Thursday 27th July 2023

Petworth Festival

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Thursday 21st September 2023

Pocklington Arts Centre

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Sunday 24th September 2023

The Leadmill, Sheffield

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Monday 25th September 2023

The Pleasance, London

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Wednesday 4th October 2023

The Old Woollen, Leeds

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Sale Waterside

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Friday 6th October 2023

The Civic, Holmfirth

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Saturday 7th October 2023

Helmsley Arts Centre

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Tuesday 10th October 2023

Chipping Norton Theatre

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Wednesday 11th October 2023

Clevedon Community Theatre

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Exeter Phoenix

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Friday 13th October 2023

Reading Arts

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Thursday 19th October 2023

The Quay Theatre, Sudbury

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Saturday 21st October 2023

The Ropewalk, Barton-On-Humber

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Wednesday 1st November 2023

Taunton Brewhouse

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Friday 3rd November 2023

The Assembly Rooms @ Devizes Town Hall

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Tuesday 7th November 2023

The Komedia, Brighton

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