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Staring Directly at the Eclipse
- Narrated by: Henry Normal
- Length: 1 hr and 1 min
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Henry Normal's first poetry book in over 20 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. Narrated by the author.
"Succinct, heartrending and peppered with gentle punchlines." (The Guardian)
"The Alan Bennett of poetry." (The Scotsman)
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 honored 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 Ltd in 1999, Henry Executive Produced all and script edited many of the shows 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 six BBC Radio 4 shows, A Normal Family, A Normal Life, A Normal Love, A Normal Imagination, A Normal Nature, and A Normal Universe, combining comedy, poetry, and stories about bringing up his autistic son.
Born in St Ann's, Nottingham, Henry now lives in Brighton with the screenwriter Angela Pell and their son, Johnny. He was recently given honorary degrees by both Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham University and is patron of Nottingham City Arts and Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature.