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7 September 2022
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
All ages welcome
Free (but please book)
Flapjack Press, Manchester Libraries & New Poetry Society
Join poet, writer, TV and film producer Henry Normal as he chats and shares poems with award-winning wordsmiths from Flapjack Press.
A series of live stream poetry, chat and audience Q&A via Zoom every Wednesday evening in September.
FREE but booking essential.
John Darwin was part of the acclaimed touring troupe A Firm of Poets and his solo poetry show, Happy Hour, won the Best Spoken Word Performance Award at the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival 2021. His new collection, Ultrasilence, is published this autumn.
“His words are visceral, delicate, vulnerable and utterly engrossing.” Matt Abbott, poet & educator
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 co-wrote the Mrs Merton Show, Mrs Merton and Malcolm, and 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.
Founding Baby Cow Productions Ltd in 1999, Henry Executive Produced all and script edited many of the shows during his tenure as MD. Highlights during this time include the Oscar-nominated film Philomena, Gavin and Stacey, Moone Boy, The Mighty Boosh, Uncle, Nighty Night, Hunderby, Camping and Alan Partridge.
Since retiring, Henry has been honoured with a special Bafta for services to television and has written and performed nine BBC Radio 4 shows for his ‘occasional series’ A Normal…, combining poetry, comedy and stories about his life and family.
His latest title, Collected Poems, Volume Two, was published this August by Flapjack Press.
“Shove up National Treasures. We need to make room for Henry Normal.” Radio Times
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