Henry Normal is a writer, poet, TV and film producer, founder of the Manchester Poetry Festival (now the Manchester Literature Festival) and co-founder of the Nottingham Poetry Festival. In June 2017 he was honoured with a special BAFTA for services to television.
Henry 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, all 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 Oscar-nominated Philomena, I Believe in Miracles, Gavin and Stacey, Moone Boy, The Mighty Boosh, Marion and Geoff, Red Dwarf, Uncle, Nighty Night, Hunderby, Camping and Alan Partridge. Since retiring in April 2016, Henry has written and performed two BBC Radio 4 shows, A Normal Family and A Normal Life, combining comedy, poetry and stories about bringing up his autistic son.
Born in St Annes, Nottingham, Henry now lives in Brighton with his wife the screenwriter Angela Pell and their son Johnny. He was recently given a Honorary Doctorate of letters by Nottingham Trent University and has had a beer named after him in his home city.

You can read a series of articles by Henry about his life and poetry in our News & Events section.


Raining Upwards by Henry Normal
Raining Upwards
adult poetry
ISBN 978-0-9955012-7-0 | 112pp | 2017
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Raining Upwards is Henry's first all new poetry collection in over twenty years and his second with Flapjack Press.

These poems explore relationships with science, nature, humanity, and other vital matters we are usually too busy to think about.

Includes a Foreword by Tim Firth.

Read a review of Raining Upwards and an interview with Henry, both at Write Out Loud.

Cover art by Johnny Carroll-Pell.


Travelling Second ClassThrough Hope by Henry Normal
Travelling Second Class Through Hope
adult poetry
ISBN 978-0-9955012-6-3 | 90pp | 2017
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Travelling Second Class Through Hope contains seventy poems personally selected by the author from his early works.

Includes a Foreword by Lemn Sissay MBE.

Guardian Review 13 May 2017: The Saturday Poem

"Dovetails bittersweet poetry with a sublimely observant wit" - The Guardian

"The Alan Bennett of Poetry" - The Scotsman

"The nerd triumphant" - Manchester Evening News

"A gentle giant of stand-up poetry" - List

"In amongst his work lie some of the most tender, compassionate and moving pieces I have read from a modern poet" - Artful Reporter

"The enfant terrible of alternative poetry" - Leeds Other Paper

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

"Distinctly funny" - Time Out

Cover photo courtesy of the author, design by Brink.

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