Writer, poet, and tv and film producer Henry Normal comes to The Met to read from his new collection The Escape Plan, released on 16 March.
Henry performs poetry at literature festivals 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 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. His latest book A Normal Family written with his wife Angela Pell and drawing on his family experience was published in 2018. His new BBC Radio show entitled A Normal Universe will be transmitted in March 2020.
Henry co-created and co-wrote the first series of The Royle Family, and co-wrote and script edited the multi-award winning Mrs Merton Show. With Steve Coogan he co-wrote the BAFTA winning Paul and Pauline Calf Video Diaries, Coogan’s Run, Tony Ferrino, Doctor Terrible, all three of Steve Coogan’s live tours, and the film The Parole Officer.
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!