Espresso Library is honoured to host an evening of literary readings featuring award-winning author Ros Barber and emerging Cambridge author Joy Martin.
Ros Barber (www.rosbarber.com) 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. She holds a PhD and is a lecturer in the English and Comparative Literature Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. As a scholar, she researches Early Modern literary biography, and she is the Director of Research at the Shakespearean Authorship Trust. She has written three poetry collections, and her poems have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies, including Faber’s Poems of the Decade (2012).
Joy Martin is an emerging writer based in Cambridge. She is currently writing her first novel with the support of a grant from Arts Council England. After she started her culture blog mirrorlamp.co.uk featuring her long-form creative essays in 2014, she was made Blogger in Residence at the Cambridge Junction for their 2014-15 arts and theatre season. In Spring 2015 she began writing creative reviews and features for Exeunt Magazine. She has a BSc degree in English and Music Performance from Central Michigan University, a BA (Hons) degree in English from Cambridge University and a MRes degree from The London Consortium, where her research explored the creative imagination and mindfulness in the works of Jane Austen.