Upcoming events

SLEEPLESS: Discovering the Power of the Night Self with ANNABEL ABBS

16th October, 2024, Steyning Methodist Church

A Night with Henry Normal

Date: 19th April, 2023
Location: Church of St Andrew & St Cuthman, Church St, Steyning

with support from local poets’ open-mic, MC’ed by Simon Zec.

Join us for an evening of verse with acclaimed poet Henry Normal reading from his new collection, The Fire Hills. 

The poems in Fire Hills reflect the landscapes Henry explored upon moving to Fairlight, in East Sussex, as he wandered the Downs, armed only with a pen and unwarranted optimism. 
Henry will perform a 30-40 minute reading plus Q and A. 
Our MC for the evening will be local poet Simon Zec, who’ll also be the ‘selector’ for 30 minutes of so of readings from local poets – please submit poems to Simon if you wish to be included in the open mic.
The venue is the beautiful Steyning parish church of St Andrew & St Cuthman.
There will be a pay bar serving local beers, cheap plonk and soft drinks.

DOORS OPEN 7pm. Event starts 7.30pm.

About Henry Normal
Henry is originally from Nottingham, where he first started writing, performing and touring – even opening for bands including Pulp. (He also became Pulp’s tour bus driver!)
He was spotted by Channel 4 and moved into television, co-writing both the award-winning Mrs Merton show and the first series of The Royle Family. In 1990 he set up a production company, producing and script-editing many well-loved films & TV series, including the Oscar nominated film Philomena, Gavin and Stacey, Nighty Night, The Mighty Boosh, Red Dwarf and Alan Partridge. In 2017 he was honoured with a special BAFTA for services to Television. He retired in April 2016, and since then has written and performed several shows combining comedy, poetry, and stories about family life for BBC Radio 4. Henry now lives near Hastings with his wife, the screenwriter Angela Pell, and their son Johnny.

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