About Ros Barber

Ros Barber biography


Ros Barber is the author of two novels, Devotion (2015) and The Marlowe Papers (2012).   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 the joint winner of the Annual Calvin & Rose G Hoffman Prize 2011 for a distinguished work on Christopher Marlowe.  In 2014 she was the joint winner of the Hoffman Prize for the second time, this time for an essay on 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) – now set text for the Edexcel ‘A’ Level in English Literature – and Penguin’s The Poetry of Sex (2014).


As Dr Rosalind Barber, she is also the 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, Ashland Oregon, and The Globe Theatre in London.

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, she is editor of 30 Second Shakespeare (2015) and the author of ongoing e-book project Shakespeare: The Evidence.

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.