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In conversation with Gerard Woodward

In conversation with Gerard Woodward

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

"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."

Friday poem: 'Seven in Bed' by Colette Bryce

Friday, 01 August 2014

I find poems sparked by artworks fascinating, particularly when they give a new perspective on pieces I know a little already. This poem, then, is a thrilling combination for me – a poet I admire writing about the work of an artist who intrigues me. Bourgeois’ art is...

Friday poem: 'Etching of a Line of Trees' by John Glenday

Friday, 25 July 2014

This poem seems to make all sorts of connections between the physical act of making and meditation; they become part of the same process. I get the sense, too, of the making of the poem itself as something physical – the words being carved, cut away, shaped and burnished.

Six books, perfectly accessorised

Six books, perfectly accessorised

Wednesday, 09 July 2014

Can books be incorporated into a fashion-oriented blog? What if their stories were interpreted in a “fashionable” way? The Modisher does just that over on her blog www.themodisher.gr. Have a look at her interpretations of some Picador books here – they're genius.

Gerard Woodward on hiding and revealing in Vanishing

Gerard Woodward on hiding and revealing in Vanishing

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Gerard Woodward's latest novel Vanishing moves from the Soho underworld to London's 1930s art scene, from El Alamein to a rural community with fascist ties. It follows the life of Kenneth Brill, a man whose artistic vision is so piercing he has trouble seeing what is right in front of him. We asked Gerard a few questions about the origins of the novel and the ideas it confronts.

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