Henry Normal: The Escape Plan
Henry is a writer, poet and TV and Film producer and 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 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 Philomena, I believe in Miracles, Gavin and Stacey, Moone Boy, Uncle , Marion and Geof, Nighty Night, The Mighty Boosh, Red Dwarf, Hunderby and 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 as also appeared as a guest on ‘Quote Unquote’, ‘The Verb’ and many other Radio shows.
Born in St Annes, Nottingham in 1956. Now lives in Brighton with his wife, the screenwriter Angela Pell, and their son, Johnny.
In April 2018 Two Roads publishers released his latest book ‘A Normal Family’ written with his wife Angela Pell drawing on his family experience. It immediately became a best seller on Amazon and as already been re-printed. The paperback is was released 21st March 2019.
Although only 20 years of age and an outsider artist 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 a honorary doctorate of letters by Nottingham Trent University, another by Nottingham University, and has had 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
His new collection is a selected works entitled ‘The Escape Plan’ and is released 16th March 2020
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