Henry Normal is a writer, poet, TV and 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.
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 during his tenure as MD. Highlights of the Baby Cow output during this time include the Oscar-nominated film Philomena, Gavin and Stacey, I Believe in Miracles, 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 eleven BBC Radio 4 shows for his 'occasional series' A Normal...' – Family, Life, Love, Imagination, Nature, Universe , Communication, Ageing, Community, Home and Journey, each combining poetry, comedy and stories about his life and family.
Born in St Ann's, Nottingham, Henry now lives in East Sussex with the screenwriter Angela Pell and their son, Johnny. He has been awarded honorary degrees by both Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham University and is Patron of Nottingham City Arts and Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature. He has also had a beer and a bus named after him in his home city.
Henry's all-new collection, The Fire Hills, is available now, as is Collected Poems, Volume Three.
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