image for Literary Event item typeHenry Normal at The Old Fire Station

Literary Event, Thu 14 Sep 2017

Henry Normal

Henry Normal


Peter Street,


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.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsPublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 14 Sep 2017 19:30
Doors open 18:30.


Advance tickets £10 available from the Carlisle Tourist Information Centre (01228 598596) or via the Old Fire Station website (online tickets subject to a booking fee).

£12 on the door.



See location of The Old Fire Station on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: NY 400561  Lat: 54.89674 Long: -2.93612

Parking: free

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Carlisle station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality