Ros Barber biography


Ros Barber is author of verse novel The Marlowe Papers, published by Sceptre (2012) in the US and St Martins Press (2013) in the US.   In 2013, The Marlowe Papers was awarded the Desmond Elliott Prize, jointly awarded the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award, and long-listed for the Women’s Prize (formerly Orange Prize) for fiction. In 2011, pre-publication, it was joint winner of the Annual Calvin & Rose G Hoffmann Prize 2011 for a distinguished work on Christopher Marlowe.

She has written three collections of poetry; the most recent (Material, 2008)  a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.  Her poems have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies,  including Faber’s Poems of the Decade (2012) and Penguin’s The Poetry of Sex (2014).


As Dr Rosalind Barber, she is also author of  a number of academic articles on Christopher Marlowe, and on the Shakespeare Authorship Question, and has given papers on these topics at conferences at Queens University Belfast, the University of Sussex, the Institute of Ideas, and The Globe Theatre in London.

She is a lecturer in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London, Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Sussex, and  Director of Research at the Shakespearean Authorship Trust.

For twelve years, she taught Creative Writing for the University of Sussex on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.  She has been visiting lecturer at Brunel, Kent, and Notts Trent Universities.  Since 2012 she has been teaching week-long residential courses for both the Arvon Foundation and the Ty Newydd Writers Centre in Wales.


She was born in Washington D.C. to British parents; grew up in Essex but moved to Brighton, on the south coast of England, at the age of eighteen. She has four children (three of them now adult) and is married to Paul Stones.

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Ros Barber

Novelist, poet, scholar