Life In Lines: Henry Normal on Piet Hein's 'Consolation Grook'

Jenny Swann
Tue 1 Oct, 2019

Our latest Life In Lines with founder of Nottingham Poetry Festival; screenwriter and producer Henry Normal celebrating the work of fellow Renaissance man, Piet Hein

Henry Normal is a writer, poet, TV and film producer, founder of the Manchester Poetry Festival and co-founder of the Nottingham Poetry Festival. In June 2017 he was awarded a special BAFTA for services to television. He was managing director of Baby Cow Productions, which he set up with Steve Coogan.

Piet Hein (1905 – 1996) was a Danish polymath, often writing under the Old Norse pseudonym Kumbel, meaning "tombstone". His short poems, known as gruks or grooks, first started to appear in the daily newspaper Politiken shortly after the German occupation of Denmark in April 1940 under the pseudonym ‘Kumbel Kumbell’.

Henry Normal will be performing at Lakeside on National Poetry Day, supported by the phenomenal Bridie Squires and fellow NUCOL patron Panya Banjoko. More details and tickets here.

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