Benno Barnard is a writer of poetry, plays and essays. His collected poems were published in 2006 as Het tongbotje: gedichten 1981-2005; 2011 saw the appearance of Krijg nou de lyriek. He also published essay collections, such as Dichters van het Avondland (2006). Barnard translated poetry of W.H. Auden, Paul Celan and others.