This Phantom Breath by Henry Normal
The Department of Lost Wishes by Henry Normal

Henry Normal is a writer, poet, TV and film producer, founder of the Manchester Poetry Festival (now the Manchester Literature Festival) and co-founder of the Nottingham Poetry Festival. In June 2017 he was honoured with a special BAFTA for services to television.
Henry co-wrote and script edited the multi-award-winning Mrs Merton Show and the spin-off series Mrs Merton and Malcolm. He also co-created and co-wrote the first series of The Royle Family. With Steve Coogan, he co-wrote the BAFTA-winning Paul and Pauline Calf Video Diaries, Coogan's Run, Tony Ferrino, Doctor Terrible, all of Steve's live tours, and the film The Parole Officer. Setting up Baby Cow Productions in 1999, Henry Executive Produced all, and script edited many, of the shows of its seventeen-and-a-half-year output during his tenure as MD. Highlights of the Baby Cow output during this time include Oscar-nominated Philomena, I Believe in Miracles, Gavin and Stacey, Moone Boy, The Mighty Boosh, Marion and Geoff, Red Dwarf, Uncle, Nighty Night, Hunderby, Camping and Alan Partridge.
Since retiring in April 2016, Henry has written and performed four BBC Radio 4 shows, A Normal Family, A Normal Life, A Normal Love and A Normal Imagination combining comedy, poetry and stories about bringing up his autistic son.
Born in St. Anne's, Nottingham, Henry now lives in Brighton with his wife - screenwriter Angela Pell - and their son Johnny. He was recently given a Honorary Doctorate of letters by Nottingham Trent University and has had a beer named after him in his home city.


This Phantom Breath by Henry Normal
This Phantom Breath
adult poetry
ISBN 978-1-9996707-2-6 | 112pp | 2018
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This Phantom Breath was written between August 2016 and August 2017.

The poems in this collection are concerned with love, death, truth and other inconvenient distractions.

"Witty and uncannily accurate with his observations" - The Stage

Cover art by Johnny Carroll-Pell.


Staring Directly at theEclipse by Henry Normal
Staring Directly at the Eclipse
adult poetry
ISBN 978-1-9996707-3-3 | 80pp | 2018
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Henry Normal's first poetry collection in over twenty years, combining both new and selected poems from his previous performance work.

This collection encompasses the subjects of love, death, loneliness, loss, human frailty and other classic conversation stoppers.

First published by Five Leaves in 2016, Staring Directly at the Eclipse has been revised and reissued by Flapjack Press in 2018.

"Succinct, heartrending and peppered with gentle punchlines" - The Guardian

"The Alan Bennett of poetry" - The Scotsman

Cover art by Johnny Carroll-Pell.


Art By Johnny
Art By Johnny
a collection of work from Johnny Carroll-Pell

Collated & Edited by Henry Normal
ISBN 978-0-9955012-9-4 | 2018
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Johnny Carroll-Pell is a young artist who is diagnosed as severely autistic.
Though he finds verbal communication challenging, Johnny finds expression through painting.

To coincide with the first major exhibition of his paintings, at the Phoenix Art Gallery in Brighton, this book contains 100 full-colour pictures celebrating his art. The title replicates his popular Facebook page Art By Johnny and several further exhibitions around the country.

The paintings and photos here are selected by his parents, Henry Normal and Angela Pell, who have written a book about bringing Johnny up called A Normal Family. Johnny is also the subject of several BBC Radio 4 shows, a couple of poetry books written by his dad, and the inspiration for the film Snow Cake, written by his mum.

"Many artists would envy the spontaneity and freedom of expression that Johnny shows as he paints - and the joyous and arresting results speak for themselves. Years ago we used to say that people with autism showed no emotion and had no imagination: looking at these beautiful paintings makes me ashamed that we could ever have been so blind." - Jane Asher, National Autistic Society President

"Painting is his chosen outlet of expression and this collection ... is testament to his talent. It depicts a dazzling, sensual world of intense colours and lights. There is a spontaneity and energy about his work that is compelling." - Veronica Groocock, Literary Life


Raining Upwards by Henry Normal
Raining Upwards
adult poetry
ISBN 978-0-9955012-7-0 | 112pp | 2017
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Raining Upwards is Henry's first all new poetry collection in over twenty years.

These poems explore relationships with science, nature, humanity, and other vital matters we are usually too busy to think about.

Includes a Foreword by Tim Firth.

Read a review of Raining Upwards and an interview with Henry, both at Write Out Loud.

"In amongst hiswork lie some of the most tender, compassionate and moving pieces I have read from a modern poet" - Artful Reporter

Cover art by Johnny Carroll-Pell.


Travelling Second Class ThroughHope by Henry Normal
Travelling Second Class Through Hope
adult poetry
ISBN 978-0-9955012-6-3 | 90pp | 2017
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Travelling Second Class Through Hope contains seventy poems personally selected by the author from his early works.

Includes a Foreword by Lemn Sissay MBE.

Guardian Review 13 May 2017: The Saturday Poem

"Dovetails bittersweet poetry with a sublimely observant wit" - The Guardian

"The nerd triumphant"- Manchester Evening News

"A gentle giant of stand-up poetry" - List

"The enfant terrible of alternative poetry" - Leeds Other Paper

"Distinctly funny"- Time Out

Cover photo courtesy of the author.

Flapjack Press: exploring the synergy between performance and the page.