President: Peter Owen
Vice-Presidents: The Earl of Gowrie, Robert Hardy CBE, Peter Florence, Helen McPhail, Robert Hutchison, Philip Guest, Dr Rowan Williams
Chair: Meg Crane
Vice-Chair: David Worthington
Committee Secretary: Yvonne Morris
Membership Secretary: Lucy Elder
Events Secretary: Grace Freeman
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.