Henry Normal has been described as the “funniest man you don’t know” and it’s easy to see why. As co-founder, with comedy legend Steve Coogan, and for 16 years MD of production company Baby Cow Productions, Henry has been behind some of the best comedy of the last two decades, including working as a co-writer on one of the best British sitcoms of all time The Royle Family.
Since retiring from his role at Baby Cow, Henry has returned to his first love – poetry. Releasing several anthologies and also acting as co-founder of the Nottingham Poetry Festival.
We caught up with Henry as he was on the road for the launch of his latest poetry collection Raining Upwards, during a fascinating chat we discussed his love of poetry and why it is such an underrated art form, we also talk about Nottingham’s burgeoning literary and creative scene. Henry also talks about raising a son with autism and featuring that in his work and how attitudes and support have changed towards people with autism and other neurological conditions over the years.
This was a great chat and well worth checking out.
A huge thanks to Hart’s Hotel & Restaurant for providing us a room in which to record this chat, check them out here