Desmond Elliot Prize Winner: Ros Barber

Ros Barber (photo;

Ros Barber (photo;

Hats off to former computer programmer, Ros Barber, for winning the Desmond Elliot prize for her debut novel (in blank verse), The Marlowe Papers. Based on the premise that Marlowe was not killed in a tavern brawl, but escaped and went on to write a canon of famous plays under the name of William Shakespeare.

For the Guardian book review by Alison Flood go here.
For an extract from the book go here.
The author’s website at


About poeticmeditations

A 19th-century romantic poet living in the 21st-century. The Romantic poets, nib pens, candlelight, waistcoats, and pocket watches are a few of my favorite things.
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