Ros Barber is 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.
She has written one play, an one-man version of The Marlowe Papers, which debuts in her home town of Brighton in January 2015.
She has written three collections of poetry. The most recent, Material (2008), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies. These include Faber’s Poems of the Decade (2012) – now set text for the Edexcel English Literature ‘A’ Level – and Penguin’s The Poetry of Sex (2014).
In 2013, she became a lecturer in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. From 1997-2009, she taught Creative Writing for the University of Sussex on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. She has been visiting lecturer at Brunel, Kent, and Nottingham Trent universities. She has taught residential courses for both the Arvon Foundation and the Ty Newydd Writers Centre in Wales and runs monthly day-long poetry workshops for the Poetry School in London. She enjoys mentoring other writers.