Henry Normal is a writer, poet, TV and film producer who founded the Manchester Poetry Festival (not the Literature Festival) and co-founded the Nottingham Poetry Festival. He was honoured with a special BAFTA for services to television in 2017.
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 throughout his tenure as MD. Highlights of the Baby Cow output during this time include Oscar-nominated Philomena, Gavin and Stacey, I Believe in Miracles, Moone Boy, Uncle, Red Dwarf, The Mighty Boosh, Marion and Geoff, Nighty Night, Camping, Hunderby and Alan Partridge. Since retiring in April 2016, he has written and performed six BBC Radio 4 shows, combining comedy, poetry and stories about bringing up his autistic son.
Born in Nottingham and now living in Brighton, Henry regularly performs poetry at literature festivals around the UK. He was honoured with a special BAFTA for services to television in 2017 and recently received honorary degrees from both Nottingham University and Nottingham Trent University. He is Patron of Nottingham City Arts and Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, and has also had a beer and a bus named after him in his home city.