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Author: Henry Normal

Henry Normal playing football in 1990s by Richard Davis

The Rules of Premier League Football by Henry Normal

September 13, 2022 Comments Off on The Rules of Premier League Football by Henry Normal

Football is a game played by two teams consisting of 22 millionaires. 

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Henry Normal’s Big Break

August 25, 2022 Comments Off on Henry Normal’s Big Break

I’ve broken my arm. Not a great career move.

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Less Ginsberg, more Battenberg: Henry Normal writes for Northern Soul

July 25, 2022 Comments Off on Less Ginsberg, more Battenberg: Henry Normal writes for Northern Soul

I was checking my latest book was available online to pre-order recently when something caught my eye. Each book on Amazon has a ranking in terms of its sales.

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Why I bloody love libraries: Henry Normal writes for Northern Soul

September 29, 2021 Comments Off on Why I bloody love libraries: Henry Normal writes for Northern Soul

My favourite place in Manchester is the Central Library.

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How I learned to love London: Henry Normal writes for Northern Soul

June 30, 2021 Comments Off on How I learned to love London: Henry Normal writes for Northern Soul

While writing The Royle Family up in Manchester with Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash, some days, just for a joke, Caroline would announce “it’s raining in London” and we would all cheer.

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The Escape Plan, Henry Normal

Can poetry save theatres? Henry Normal writes for Northern Soul

May 27, 2021 Comments Off on Can poetry save theatres? Henry Normal writes for Northern Soul

When a theatre shuts its doors, it’s called ‘going dark’.

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Henry Normal and his son, Johnny

World Autism Awareness Week 2021: Henry Normal shares poems to, and inspired by, his son Johnny

March 31, 2021 Comments Off on World Autism Awareness Week 2021: Henry Normal shares poems to, and inspired by, his son Johnny

Henry Normal, co-writer and producer of award-winning TV shows and films such as The Royle Family, The Mrs Merton Show, The Parole Officer, Paul Calf, Gavin & Stacey, Alan Partridge, among many others, shares some of his brilliant poems written for, and inspired by, his son, Johnny, as part of World Autism Awareness Week 2021.

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What would Darwin think of Zoom? Henry Normal writes for Northern Soul

September 19, 2020 Comments Off on What would Darwin think of Zoom? Henry Normal writes for Northern Soul

It’s a strange sight to see rows of people in their own homes clapping and laughing silently as you perform on Zoom or Facebook. ‘Mute Seals’ is one of the less attractive descriptions of the phenomena I recently heard.

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Why bring out a poetry book during a pandemic? Henry Normal writes for Northern Soul

September 2, 2020 Comments Off on Why bring out a poetry book during a pandemic? Henry Normal writes for Northern Soul

Most commercial endeavours seem to be waiting for lockdown to be eased further before launching anything new.

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My New Normal: Operation Provisions and a Life in Lockdown

May 6, 2020 Comments Off on My New Normal: Operation Provisions and a Life in Lockdown

So, I arrive back from my weekly shop and my wife Angela says: “You’ve done so well. When this COVID-19 business is all over, you should still do the weekly shop.” It’s at this point I wonder if there’s some sort of conspiracy going on.

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