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 Pete Ramskill.
Stick around after the Southwell Library Poetry Hour for Writers’ Live – a regular, community organised open mic session for authors of poetry, prose, scripts etc. Bookings for Writers’ Live, including to book a five-minute slot, is available separately at the library (call 01636 812 148). Writers’ Live starts at 7.30pm.
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 Pete Ramskill
Pete Ramskill is a poet, designer, sculptor and artist.
He used to perform regularly on Terry Christian’s Radio Derby show and has performed at the Edinburgh Festival for BBC Radio 4. He also appeared on BBC 3’s Whine Gums poetry series. Pete has performed at poetry and cabaret venues all over the UK including the Nottingham Literature Festival in 2015.
Pete has had two books of poems published; Strike and Personal Vendetta (the latter under his pseudonym, John Bitumen).