President: Elizabeth Owen
Patrons: Samuel West, Sir Daniel Day-Lewis, Peter Florence, Helen McPhail, Philip Guest, Dr Rowan Williams
Chair: Dr Jane Potter
Secretary: Dr Frances Casey
Membership Secretary: Thomas J.P. Muldoon
Treasurer: Colin Kerr
Journal Editor: Meg Crane
Press and Fundraising Officer: Fiona MacDonald
Education Officer: Chris Bent
The Wilfred Owen Association was formed in 1989 to commemorate the life and work of the renowned poet who died in the final week of the First World War.
Philip Larkin described him as “an original and unforgettable poet … the spokesman of a deep and unaffected compassion”. Owen's poetry retains its relevance and universal appeal; it is certainly much more widely read and appreciated now than at any time since his death, and the Association's wide range of members represents all backgrounds and levels of scholarship and interest.
Since its formation the Association has established permanent public memorials in Shrewsbury and Oswestry. In addition to readings, talks, visits and performances, it promotes and encourages exhibitions and conferences, and awareness and appreciation of Owen's poetry. It publishes a twice-yearly Journal.
The Association offers practical support for students of literature and future poets, through links with education, support for literary foundations, a bursary, and information on historical and literary background material.
Support the work of the Wilfred Owen Association by becoming a member.