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Henry Normal is a writer, poet, TV and film producer, and patron of City Arts.

City Arts patron Henry Normal

Born in St Anns, Nottingham, Henry Normal is a writer, poet and TV & film producer. 

Henry co-created and co-wrote the first series of The Royle Family.  As co-founder and managing director of Baby Cow Productions, he executive produced Gavin & Stacey, the Oscar nominated film Philomena and the Alan Partridge movie Alpha Papa. In June 2017 he was honoured with a special BAFTA for services to Television. He written a number of books including the auto-biographical ‘A Normal Family’, published by Two Roads. Henry has received acclaim for ‘A Normal…’, his series of shows on Radio 4, where he uses poetry, storytelling and comedy to explore life’s big questions.

Henry was announced as City Arts patron during the organisation’s 40th anniversary celebrations. He said of the announcement:

After 40 years nurturing creativity for the whole of the community in Nottingham, City Arts certainly deserve a patron. I’m honoured to be the first. The first of many over the next 40 years I hope.