Gerard Woodward is the author of an acclaimed trilogy comprising: August (shortlisted for the 2001 Whitbread First Novel Award), I’ll Go to Bed at Noon (shortlisted for the 2004 Man Booker Prize) and A Curious Earth. He was born in London in 1961, and published several prize-winning collections of poetry before turning to fiction. His collection of poetry, We Were Pedestrians was shortlisted for the 2005 T. S. Eliot Prize. His most recent novel The Paper Lovers was published in 2018. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.