The Betjeman Society was established in 1988 to advance the appreciation of the work of the poet, writer, broadcaster and conservationist Sir John Betjeman (1906-84). We also exist to inform and inspire our members and the wider public through the study, awareness and enjoyment of his life, work and influence, both in the United Kingdom and internationally.
The Betjeman Society
The Society is a member of the Alliance of Literary Societies and works in partnership with a range of literary, conservation and heritage organisations, with which Sir John Betjeman was closely associated. They include the Victorian Society, the Twentieth Century Society, SPAB, the Churches Conservation Trust and the National Churches Trust. We also support the Betjeman Poetry Prize, which was established by his late daughter, Candida Lycett Green.
We provide an annual programme of events both nationally and regionally and publish an annual journal which provides insights into aspects of Betjeman’s work and places and people he knew. Many of our meetings are held in central London.
We have also introduced The Betjeman Society Award, normally presented at our AGM.
New Members Welcome
We welcome new members – click here for details of how to join. Membership entitles you to attend our regular meetings at a reduced rate and to receive our regular newsletters and our annual publication The Betjemanian, one of the leading literary society journals. We also have a twitter account with a growing following: @BetjemanSociety.
The Society has over 500 members and welcomes new members, who are vital to our work and future success. We have branches in Canterbury, Lincolnshire, Wantage, The Shires (covering Leicester, Derby, Nottingham, Northampton and Rutland), Oxford, Southern (Surrey, Sussex & Hampshire) and The Ridings (Yorkshire). National members are all welcome to attend regional events.
We very much hope that you will consider joining us and supporting our work – which has never been easier since you can do so online today and pay via paypal.
I look forward to seeing you at one of our meetings.
“We are a think-tank determining how we can best ensure that Betjeman’s ideas, priorities and writings are neither misrepresented nor forgotten. We are a pressure group, constantly reminding publishers, editors, broadcasters and others with influence that Betjeman is a name to be reckoned with. Finally we are a society of friends who came together because of a shared interest...”
– Philippa Davies (our Founder)
Novelist and playwright Jonathan Smith wins the Betjeman Society Award for 2021 for his "intensely personal" book Being Betjeman(n) and "lifelong obsession The Betjeman Society has presented the novelist, playwright and educationalist Jonathan Smith with its annual...
Take the 12 mile challenge - Sunday 12th September St John's Church in Waberthwaite, Cumbria are setting local people, and visitors, a Betjeman Challenge! In John Betjeman's Guide to English Churches, apparently St John's was described as "a church worth bicycling 12...
A wonderful tea party was held by the Society on 28 August at Searcy's, St Pancras Station to celebrate Bevis Hillier's belated 80/81st birthday. Our Past President, Bevis Hillier, turned 81 in March and stepped down as President the previous March. Having been unable...