Poet Ros Barber to raise tough questions at Cheltenham Poetry Festival
DID Christopher Marlowe write Shakespeare and fake his own death?
That's the controversial question Ros Barber will be posing when she makes an appearance at Cheltenham Poetry Festival next month.
Author Ros will be reading from her own novel, The Marlowe Papers, which centres on the life of
Elizabethan playwright and spy Christopher Marlowe.
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Even if you think such theories about Shakespeare are nonsense – and Marlowe is far from the only contemporary to have been credited with his work – it doesn't matter a scrap.
You don't have to buy into the theory that Marlowe's apparent death by stabbing in a London tavern was a put-up job by his spymasters to extricate him from an impending scandal.
Simply suspend your disbelief for a yarn worthy of thriller writer John le Carré, told by a poet on top of her game.
Robin Gilbert, festival co-director, said: "It's a great privilege for Cheltenham to welcome Ros Barber to read from this thrilling and original work."
Ros will appear in Red Pepper in Regent Street, Cheltenham, from 8pm on April 27.
Tickets cost £5 and are available by calling 08445 762210.
Now in its third year, the poetry festival has become a firm favourite in the calendar and this year will run from April 20 to April 28.