Readerz.Net / Gerard Woodward
Gerard Woodward (born 1961) is a British novelist, poet and short story writer, best known for his trilogy of novels concerning the troubled Jones family, the second of which, I'll Go to Bed at Noon, was shortlisted for the 2004 Man-Booker Prize.
Woodward was born in North London and attended St Ignatius College, a Jesuit comprehensive school, leaving at 16 to work for two years in a variety of jobs before studying painting at Falmouth School of Art in Cornwall. He later attended the London School of Economics, where he studied Social Anthropology, and Manchester University, where he studied for an MA in the same subject.
In 1989 he won a major Eric Gregory Award for poets under 30 and his first collection of poetry, Householder, won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1991. His first novel, August, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award. In 2011 he was writer in residence at Columbia College, Chicago. He is currently Professor of Fiction at Bath Spa University.