J.M. Barrie

London – Bloomsbury 11

Jerome K Jerome is another late 19th century/early 20th century writer who is remembered with a plaque in Bloomsbury. Jerome, the author of “Three Men in a Boat”, lived briefly at 32 Tavistock Place.
Jerome was a friend of J.M. Barrie (see previous post) and a member of Barrie’s amateur cricket team along with other writers such as Rudyard Kipling and H. G. Wells.

Jerome K Jerome Plaque

London – Bloomsbury 10

Today is the birthday of J.M. Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan. While in London, we passed by one of the first places where he lived when he came from Scotland in 1885. A blue plaque marks the spot where Barrie lived in lodgings, on the corner of Grenville and Bernard streets, in a building which no longer exists. In Peter Pan, this house became the Darlings home where Peter flew in to meet Wendy.

JM Barrie House Site

Perth, Queens Gardens – Peter Pan

We just happened to be walking through Queens Gardens in East Perth on the weekend, and stopped to photograph its famous literary sculpture.

The Peter Pan bronze sculpture in the centre of the garden was installed in 1927, and is a replica of Sir George Frampton’s original Peter Pan sculpture that is in Kensington Gardens, London.

Apparently, J. M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan, lived near Kensington Gardens when he wrote his first Peter Pan story in 1902. Barrie commissioned the sculpture which was erected in Kensington Gardens in 1912.

Peter Pan statue Queens Gardens Perth