Gerard Woodward

Gerard Woodward's novel Vanishing was one of the winners of the 2014 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered prize.

Here, Gerard talks to Arifa Akbar about that novel and his prolific writing career so far, in which he has written poetry collections, novels and a short story collection.

Akbar calls him a kind of "Renaissance man", who went to Falmouth Art School and thought about being a painter or designer before turning to writing. Is he, she asks, a "Thomas Hardy in reverse", where the poetry was followed by the novel writing?

Gerard replies, "I had tried writing novels before the poetry ... My impulse was to be the sort of writer who tells stories in some way, in novel form. I somehow fell into being able to write poems that seemed to be working before I could get to grips with novel writing."