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Lecturer in Creative and Life Writing, Goldsmiths, University of London

Dr Barber joined Goldsmiths as a lecturer in Creative and Life Writing in 2014, after more than a decade as an associate tutor for the University of Sussex. Her PhD at the University of Sussex, entitled 'Writing Marlowe as Writing Shakespeare: Exploring Biographical Fictions' was the first PhD in the UK (and the second in the world) to focus upon the Shakespeare authorship question.

Her research interests are in the area of Early Modern literary biography, focusing chiefly upon William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, and the network of authors associated with them. Articles arising out of her research into the Shakespeare authorship question have been published in Rethinking History, Critical Survey, and OUP's Notes & Queries. An article on Shakespeare's use of Warwickshire dialect will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Early Modern Studies.

Dr Barber is editor and co-author of the forthcoming book '30-Second Shakespeare: 50 key aspects of his work, life, and legacy, each explained in half a minute' and author of the ongoing e-resource 'Shakespeare: the Evidence'. She is Director of Research at the Shakespearean Authorship Trust (voluntary/unpaid) and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Sussex. She has twice been jointly awarded the Calvin Hoffman Prize for a distinguished publication on Christopher Marlowe. She is also a prizewinning novelist and poet.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Creative and Life Writing, Goldsmiths, University of London


  • 2011 
    University of Sussex, PhD