About ROUNDABOUT - HENRY NORMAL - TRAVELLING SECOND CLASS THROUGH HOPE
Fri 15 Sept | Doors 9pm | £12
Better known as co-writer of award winning TV and film shows such as The Royle Family, The Mrs Merton Show, The Parole Officer, Coogan's Run, Paul Calf and producer of amongst many others Oscar nominated Philomena, Gavin and Stacey, Moone Boy, Uncle and Alan Partridge, Henry returns to his first love: poetry. Staring Directly at the Eclipse is his first collection of poetry for over twenty years. It features poems from his acclaimed BBC Radio 4 program A Normal Family, together with new and selected poetry from his performance work.
Henry’s new Travelling Second Class Through Hope (pub Flapjack Press) contains 70 poems selected from his early works. His next collection of new poems Raining Upwards (Flapjack) is published in November. His BBC R4 show A Normal Life aired last month and returns soon. He’s on Quote, Unquote this coming autumn and his A Normal Family (Two Roads Publishing), an autobiographical look at autism, follows next year.
This show is about joy, love, romance and other unrealistic expectations.
'succinct, heart-rending and peppered with gentle punchlines' The Guardian
'the Alan Bennett of poetry' The Scotsman
'Dovetails bittersweet poetry with a sublimely observant wit' The Guardian
'A mixture of the absurd and downright wacky...a gentle giant of stand-up poetry' The List
'The poetry itself is stuff of proper substance, marrying the suburban beauty of Beatles ballads with the blunt candour of the kitchen sink' The Guardian
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