Welcome to the Poetry Hour! A chance for you to enjoy some wise and witty words from the wonderful Henry Normal and his special guests, in ten Inspire libraries around the county, completely free, as part of Nottingham Poetry Festival (20 – 29 April).
For this event, Henry will be joined by guest poet Andrew Graves.
About Henry Normal
Nottingham-born Henry Normal began his career as a stand-up poet and went on to become a co-writer of award-winning TV and film hits including The Royle Family, The Mrs Merton Show and Coogan’s Run, and producer of Gavin and Stacey, Alan Partridge and the Oscar-nominated film Philomena.
His two shows for BBC Radio 4 A Normal Family and A Normal Life combine comedy, poetry and stories about bringing up his autistic son. His latest book A Normal Family: My Son, Autism and Me draws on his family experience (published March 2018 by Two Roads).
Henry performs poetry at literature festivals around the UK and has three recent books of poetry out Staring Directly at the Eclipse, Travelling Second Class Through Hope and Raining Upwards.
He is co-founder of The Nottingham Poetry Festival and a Patron of the Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature.
About Andrew Graves
Andrew ‘Mulletproof’ Graves has been featured on Cerys Matthews’ BBC 6 Music show and BBC 4’s documentary Evidently John Cooper Clarke. Often cited as “The hardest working poet in the East Midlands”, his works is raw and gritty, containing a dose of adroit comedy that champions the underdogs and underclass. A truly troubled poet for troubled times. he has also supported The Sleaford Mods.
Following the release of his first Burning Eye Books collection Light at the end of the Tenner, he is now touring with his latest book and Saboteur Award shortlisted show, God Save the Teen.