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Published on 24 May 2017
Event date: 14/09/2017 19:30 Export event
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
Henry has performed at over 500 events alongside poets such as John Cooper Clarke, Wendy Cope, Alan Sillitoe, Lemn Sissay, Adrian Mitchell, John Hegley and Roger McGough. He has performed at Literature Festivals, theatres, cabaret venues, pop concerts, prisons, hospitals, folk clubs, town halls and even a factory. He toured Finland reading poetry, he performed in New York and with Seamus Heaney in Galway.
Advance tickets: £10.00
£12 on the door
Doors 6.30pm Show 7.30pm
Tickets are available from OFS, The Old Town Hall and Online.
Categories: Comedy, Poetry
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