Modern-day writers

Barnes still attracts writers - and it seems writers of children's books in particular - today.

As well as Judith Kerr (The Tiger Who Came to Tea)  and Jan Pienkowski (Meg and Mog), Barnes childrens' writers include Andy Ellis (When Lulu Went to the Zoo), Marcia Williams (My Great Lost Dog Adventure) and Patricia Elliot (The Pale Assassin).

Writers on history and politics include Peter and Dan Snow and former politician and now BBC Trust Chairman Lord Patten of Barnes. Celebrity autobiographers number Tim Rice and Peter Bowles and novelists include Gyles Brandreth.

But Barnes is a haven for poets too and two of the countries best and most well known poets, Roger McGough and David Harsent are long-time residents.

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