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Henry Normal – ‘Raining Upwards’ Book Launch


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.

Raining Upwards is Henry’s first all new poetry collection in over twenty years. The poems explore relationships with science, nature, humanity and other vital matters we are usually too busy to think about.

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 RunTony FerrinoDoctor 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 PhilomenaGavin and Stacey, I Believe in MiraclesMoone Boy,The Mighty BooshMarion and GeoffRed DwarfUncleNighty Night,HunderbyCamping 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. He was recently given a Honorary Doctorate of letters by Nottingham Trent University and has also had a beer named after him in Nottingham.

Adult poetry, published in paperback and eBook by Flapjack Press.

No need to book. Everybody welcome.