Win a signed copy of The Escape Plan, the latest collection of poetry by award-winning writer, poet, TV and film producer Henry Normal. 

Henry Normal is an award-winning writer, poet, TV and film producer and 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 every episode of 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.

Henry Normal at his Brighton home, East Sussex, UK Picture by Jim HoldenWith Steve Coogan he co-wrote the BAFTA winning Paul and Pauline Calf Video Diaries, Coogan’s Run, Tony Ferrino, Doctor Terrible, and all three of Coogan’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 of its 17-and-a-half-year output during his tenure as MD. Highlights of the Baby Cow output during this time include Philomena, I believe in Miracles, Gavin and Stacey, Moone Boy, Uncle, Marion and Geoff, Nighty Night, The Mighty Boosh, Red Dwarf, Hunderby, Camping and Alan Partridge.

Since retiring in April 2016, Henry has written and performed BBC Radio 4 shows, A Normal Family and A Normal Life, combining comedy, poetry and stories about bringing up his autistic son. Henry has also written some incredible poetry exclusively for Northern Soul, which can be found here

Born in Nottingham but now living in Brighton, Henry regularly performs poetry at literature festivals around the UK and is touring throughout 2020. He was honoured with a special BAFTA for services to television in 2017 and recently received honorary degrees from both Nottingham University and Nottingham Trent University. He has also had a beer and a bus named after him in his home city.

The Escape Plan

The Escape PlanThe Escape Plan, published by Flapjack Press, is Henry’s latest poetry collection and features poems from his acclaimed BBC Radio 4 shows A Normal Family, Life, Love, Imagination, Nature and the forthcoming Universe. It also includes the most popular poems from each of Henry’s previous collections.

The competition

For your chance to win a signed copy of Henry Normal’s latest poetry collection, The Escape Plan, sign up to the Northern Soul newsletter (details of how to do this are on the right-hand side of the page) and send an email to with the title ‘The Escape Plan’ and remember to include your name and address in the body of the email.

Closing date: March 11, 2019

A winner will be picked at random and notified by March 11, 2020


The Escape Plan is published by Flapjack Press and available to buy from March 16, 2020.