Ros Barber’s The Marlowe Papers is an extraordinary novel in verse, telling Christopher Marlowe’s alternative story in which he is exiled to France and writes plays and poetry under the name William Shakespeare.
Like so many of the writers appearing at the Dylan Thomas Festival, Ros Barber said that Dylan Thomas has been a key influence on her.
Ros said “I first remember being aware of Dylan Thomas when I was about eleven and my older brother studied Under Milk Wood at school. He relished the language and humour and started reciting chunks of it at home in his best Richard Burton impression.
“My brother was thrilled with the 'naughtiness' of Llareggub and that made a great impression on me. My brother's enthusiasm prompted my mother to dig out a Dylan Thomas collection from the bookcase and although some of it was beyond me then, I knew Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night very well by the time my brother died three years later.
“I'm very excited to be appearing at the Dylan Thomas Festival, it's one of my greatest joys to read poetry to an appreciative audience and it's always good to be back in Wales again”.
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