Book launch: The Distance Between Clouds by Henry Normal

  • DATE

    6 May 2021

  • TIME

    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

  • AGES

    All ages 13+



Flapjack Press and Manchester Libraries present
The Distance Between Clouds by Henry Normal
An all-new collection of poetry written between June 2020 and March 2021.
“Finally, a collection of poetry about joy, positivity and optimism, before I die unloved and forgotten.” – Henry Normal.

Live stream from 7pm on the Flapjack Press Facebook group page:

“Shove up National Treasures. We need to make room for Henry Normal.” – Radio Times
“Dovetails bittersweet poetry with a sublimely observant wit.” – The Guardian
“The Alan Bennett of poetry.” – The Scotsman

Available from and your favourite bookshops.

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. 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 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 seven BBC Radio 4 shows: A Normal Family, A Normal Life, A Normal Love, A Normal Imagination, A Normal Nature, A Normal Universe and A Normal Communication, combining comedy, poetry and stories about his life and family.