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Henry Normal on his creative journey as a poet and co-founder of Babycow Productions

Season 1, Ep. 76

Henry Normal is a writer, poet, TV and film producer and founder of the Manchester poetry festival (now literary festival).

Co-founding Babycow Productions Ltd in 1999 with Steve Coogan, Henry exec produced and scripted edited many of the shows of its 17 and a half year output during his tenure as MD. Highlights of the Babycow output during this time include: Philomena, Gavin & Stacey, Moone Boy, Marion and Geoff, Nighty Night, The Mighty Boosh, Redd Dwarf and of course Alan Partridge. Since retiring in April 2016 Henry has written and performed 7 BBC Radio 4 shows, a normal family, a normal life, a normal love, a normal creativity, a normal nature, a normal universe and a normal communication combining comedy, poetry and stories about bringing up his autistic son. The shows are available on BBC Sounds.  In June 2017 he was honoured with a BAFTA for services to the TV industry. He was recently given a honorary doctorate of letters by Nottingham Trent University, another by Nottingham University, and has a beer and a bus named after him in Nottingham. 


Henry performs poetry at literature Festivals around the UK and has 10 recent poetry collections out from Flapjack Press including a hardback selected works ’The Escape Plan’. Henry also has a memoir ‘A Normal Family’ published by Two Roads Press telling the story ion his family which was co-written by his wife Angele Pell. 

Happy listening :)

Steve

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