Concerts


Henry Normal

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, Doctoer 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 Philomena, I believe in Miracles, Gavin and Stacey, Moone Boy, Uncle, Marion and Geof, Nghty 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 has also appeared as a guest on 'Quote Unquote', 'The Verb' and many other radio shows.

Born in St Anne's, Nottingham in 1956, Henry now lives in Brighton with his wife and screen writer Angela Pell and their son Johnny.

In April 2018, Two Roads publishers released his latest book '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 re-printed. The paperback was released on 21st March 2019.

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 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'.

He was recently given an honourary doctorate of letters by Nottingham Trent University, another by Nottingham University and has a beer and a bus named after him in Nottingham!

His new BBC Radio show is entitled 'A Normal Universe' and will be transmitted 17th March 2020. The new collection is a selected works entitled 'The Escape Plan' and will be release on 16th March 2020.

 

Friday 8th October 2021

Sale Waterside

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Saturday 9th October 2021

Playhouse, Morecambe

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Sunday 10th October 2021

The Library Theatre, Darwen

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Wednesday 27th October 2021

King's Place, London

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Wednesday 3rd November 2021

Rebrick Auditorium, Square Chapel, Halifax

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Thursday 4th November 2021

Old School House, Barnsley

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Saturday 13th November 2021

St Saviours' Community Centre, Retford

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Monday 15th November 2021

The Cat Asylum Brewery, Collingham

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Tuesday 16th November 2021

The Metronome, Nottingham (As part of the Nottingham Poetry Festival)

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Wednesday 17th November 2021

Derby Hall @ The Met, Bury

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Friday 19th November 2021

Music Room @ Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

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Saturday 20th November 2021

Garrett theatre, Chester as part of the Chester Literature Festival

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Sunday 21st November 2021

The Ferret, Preston

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Tuesday 23rd November 2021

King's Hall, Ilkley

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Wednesday 1st December 2021

Brighton Komedia

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Thursday 10th February 2022

The Quay Theatre, Sudbury

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Saturday 12th February 2022

Bristol Folk House

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Sunday 13th February 2022

The Old Courts, Wigan

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Thursday 14th February 2022

Knutsford Little Theatre

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Friday 15th February 2022

Wylam Brewery, Newcastle

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Wednesday 16th February 2022

The Leadmill, Sheffield

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Thursday 17th February 2022

Stamford Corn Exchange

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Thursday 24th February 2022

The Pound Arts, Corsham

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Friday 25th February 2022

Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington

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Saturday 26th February 2022

The Acorn, Penzance

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