This week Paul talks to writer, producer and poet Henry Normal about his huge influence on the British TV comedy scene with his work with the likes of Steve Coogan and Caroline Ahern. They also discuss his upcoming interview series for Flapjack Press and he reads a piece of his own brilliant poetry. First broadcast on Rossendale Radio 22-07-2021 Enhance your podcast experience with Henry's musical selections: I Am Kloot - Northern Skies Bob Marley - Three Little Birds Talking Heads - And She Was
This episode is also available as a blog post: https://manclibraries.blog/2021/06/22/henry-normal-in-conversation/ Join Henry Normal as he chats and shares poems with award-winning wordsmiths from Flapjack Press. With audience Q&A.
It’s often said that you shouldn’t meet your heroes. So it was with some trepidation that I went down to Brighton one rainy day in January to meet Henry Normal.Henry’s name always used to pop up on the credits of some of my favourite TV shows. Paul Calf’s Video Diaries, Mrs Merton, The Royle Family, The Mighty Boosh … I could go on.But I needn’t have worried about meeting him. Henry’s a lovely man.And his creative endeavours extend even beyond those TV classics. He’s a poet, a writer and someone who thinks a lot about creativity, the world and our place in it.Our conversation begins with his early life in the slums of Nottingham. He tells me how Jack Benny and Dean Martin got him thinking about a life beyond the narrow streets of St Anne’s. He tells me what it was like to write with Steve Coogan and Caroline Aherne, and there are some great stories about the making of Mrs Merton and the Royle Family. And we talk about Henry’s son, Johnny and how he inspired Henry to return to poetry after a break of 20 years.I tried really hard to get this conversation down to under an hour. I really did. But there was just too much good stuff to let go.There’s laughter and there’s tears.I hope you enjoy my conversation with Henry Normal.
Tell Me The Truth About Life: Poems That Matter and Why
To celebrate National Poetry Day’s 25th anniversary, join writer, producer and comedian Henry Normal as he reads and discusses his favourite poems, and the lines of poetry that speak truth to him. Comedy writer behind hit shows The Royle Family and the Mrs Merton Show, Henry founded the production company Baby Cow with Steve Coogan in 1999, going on to produce BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated hits including Gavin and Stacey, Red Dwarf, The Mighty Boosh and Philomena. Also a poet, Henry is founder of the Manchester Poetry Festival and co-Founder of the Nottingham Poetry Festival. Sharing and discussing poems including Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley, Wait for Me by Konstantin Simonov and his own poems The House is Not the Same Since You Left, A Prayer for the Hesitant and Photos with My Son, he speaks about the ever-growing popularity of poetry in allowing us to share universal feelings such as loss, and how writing poems allows him to express his inner life with his family. As Henry’s writing and performing poetry led to a career in comedy, he talks about how becoming a father changed him, and how important it is for men to communicate their emotions.Tell Me The Truth About Life: A National Poetry Day Anthology, curated by Cerys Matthews, is published by Michael O’Mara Books. Share poems that speak a truth to you via Twitter using #TellMeTheTruthAboutLife.
Maisie talks to comedian, television producer, poet and writer, Henry Normal. Henry's book 'A Normal Family: Everyday adventures with our autistic son' is a wonderfully touching, heartwarming and honest portrayal of Henry and his wife Angela's journey of raising their son Johnny. Johnny is 20 now and creates the most fantastic and enthralling art, which has been exhibited in various galleries. Please take a look at Johnny's artwork in the link below. Useful Links: 1) National Autistic Society: https://www.autism.org.uk2) Art by Johnnny: https://www.facebook.com/Art-By-Johnny-882499851852944/ 3) Henry Normal's website: http://henrynormal.com
In the launch episode of this brand new series NG Meets we sit down with Henry Normal. Born in Nottingham, Henry started life as a poet before moving into the world of comedy, and launched Baby Cow Productions with comedy legend Steve Coogen. Over the years Baby Cow have been behind some of the biggest comedies on television and Henry was co-writer on one of the biggest comedy shows of the 1990's The Royle Family. Having stepped down from his role as MD in Baby Cow Henry now focuses his time on poetry and has released several anthologies, he was also co-founder of the Nottingham Poetry Festival. Here Henry talks to us about his poetry and the literary scene in Nottingham. He also talks about raising an autistic son and how attitudes and support has changed over the years.
EP52 - Henry Normal - Co-founder of Baby Cow Productions
Ask The Industry Podcast
Described in the Telegraph as "the funniest man you've never heard of" Henry Normal is an award winning comedian, TV producer, poet and writer. He set up Baby Cow Productions with Steve Coogan and has toured with Pulp. He starred in Packet of Three, and co-write The Royal Family and the Parole Officer. He's done it all.I got him on the pod to talk about - Why he struggled to transfer his comedy to TV.How he picked his stage name and why.Why he founded Baby Cow and how they operate.How to get your start in TV / radio / professional writing.The future of TV in his opinion. AND MORE!This podcast would be useful to anyone interested in TV, radio, professional writing, being a poet and Baby Cow productions. You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/HenryNormalOr get it on iTunes here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-the-industry-podcast/id946220937If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast Please buy a ticket or three to my Edinburgh Fringe 2019 show - https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/simon-caine-every-room-becomes-a-panic-room-when-you-overthink-enoughOr come see me on tour - http://simoncaine.co.uk/PanicRoomEvery little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!Thanks,SixWant more content from me? Why wouldn't you!Please check out my other podcast - The Audio Time Capsule. In each episode a guest comes on, leaves 20 questions, then a year later comes back on and answers them. I then edit it so they're talking to their past self.Here are the links -iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-audio-time-capsule-podcast/id1303205943Webstream - http://simoncaine.co.uk/AudioTimeCapsulePodcastYouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHFZ_FLH1XqrCZysA1nFISwFacebook group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1008996252556647/?ref=br_rsTwitter - https://twitter.com/audiotimetravel Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/asktheindustry.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Hunter Davies, Daniel Evans, Henry Normal, Fiona Bird
Libby Purves meets writer Hunter Davies; artistic director Daniel Evans; poet Henry Normal and forager and cook Fiona Bird.Fiona Bird is a forager, writer and cook. A former finalist on Masterchef, her new book Let Your Kids Go Wild Outside is full of enthusiasm for the natural world and aims to encourage children to get off the sofa and explore the great outdoors. Fiona lives on the Isle of South Uist where she forages for seaweed which she features in a range of dishes from casseroles and soups to bread and biscuits. Let Your Kids Go Wild Outside is published by CICO Books.Hunter Davies OBE is an author, journalist and broadcaster. He is the author of over 50 books, including biographies, novels, children's fiction and several books about the Lake District.. He wrote the only official biography of the Beatles. In his memoir, The Co-Op's Got Bananas! he reflects on his childhood and coming of age in post-war Britain. The Co-Op's Got Bananas! is published by Simon and Schuster.Daniel Evans is the outgoing artistic director of Sheffield Theatres who is taking on the same role at Chichester Festival Theatre. As a director at Sheffield Theatres his productions include The Effect, The Full Monty and An Enemy of the People. As an actor, his work for the company includes Company, The Pride, Cloud Nine and The Tempest. His performance in Sunday in the Park with George won him his second Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical and a Tony Award nomination. His production of Show Boat is at the New London Theatre.Henry Normal - whose real name is Peter Carroll - is a comedian, producer and poet. As a writer and producer he has won awards for his work on The Royle Family, Gavin and Stacey and the Mrs Merton Show. He also wrote and produced the Oscar-nominated film Philomena. He is performing his poetry at the Stratford-Upon-Avon Literary Festival and his programme A Normal Family, about his son who has autism, returns to BBC Radio 4 later this year. The Stratford-Upon-Avon Literary Festival is at the Stratford Artshouse.Producer: Paula McGinley.