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Henry Normal’s Encyclopaedia Poetica
Radio 4
1994 (four programmes)

Presented by Henry Normal, the nervous compère from Channel 4’s Packet of Three (“Thank you.  You’re very kind.  In fact, you’re more than kind…  You’re patronising”), this was recorded before a live audience and purported to be an encyclopaedic guide to the art of versification.  Normal’s sometimes genuinely hesitant chat was punctuated with readings (not always in a comic vein) and guest spots from performance poets including John Hegley and Attila the Stockbroker.

© JB Sumner 1998