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Some 25 years after their joint gig that launched the Manchester Poetry Festival, Lemn Sissay and Henry Normal re-unite to celebrate its continued success now as a Literature Festival.
Award-winning poet, playwright and broadcaster, Lemn Sissay, has performed on stages across the world, from Wembley Stadium to the Singapore Botanic Gardens. His most recent publications include the poetry collection Gold from the Stone, and his memoir My Name is Why, about growing up in care and finding hope and creativity.
Poet, writer and TV/film producer Henry Normal has published seven poetry books (including new release Strikingly Invisible) and co-scripted TV shows including The Royle Family and Mrs. Merton. He co-wrote A Normal Family about bringing up his autistic son and has an accompanying BBC Radio 4 series.
Energetically performed, Lemn's work fuses the lyrical and the polemical with upbeat humour and forthright seriousness. He has published many books including The Emperor's Watchmaker, his first for children, and worked with artists and musicians including Leftfield, whose top 10 album Leftism includes Lemn's 21st Century Poem. 'His name is magic in poetry circles. His poems are songs of the street'. (The Independent) See 3 tour dates featuring Lemn Sissay
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. See 2 tour dates featuring Henry Normal