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 Leanne Moden.
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 Leanne Moden
Leanne has performed her poetry all across the UK, including recent sets at WOMAD, the Edinburgh Fringe, TEDx UCL, the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, and Bestival on the Isle of Wight. Leanne facilitates a number of live literature events in Nottinghamshire including the Crosswords spoken word open mic nights, and the poetry stage at the Gate to Southwell Music Festival.
She is primarily interested in words as a tool for creative self-expression and social inclusion.