Alfred Edward Housman (1910
Alfred Edward Housman (1910)

The Housman Society was founded in 1973 and exists to promote knowledge and appreciation of the lives and works of A.E. Housman and other members of his family.

Publications and literature

The Society also promotes the causes of literature and poetry in general. It produces an annual Journal and Newsletter, and organises Events such as discussions, visits and poetry readings. Commemorations are held in Bromsgrove on 26th March (A.E. Housman’s birthday) and in Ludlow on 30th April, the date of A.E.H’s death.


The Society sponsors an annual lecture as part of the Evesham Festival of Words normally held in late June.

Centenary Celebrations

A Shropshire Lad, book cover
A Shropshire Lad by A.E. Housman

1996 was the centenary of the publication of A Shropshire Lad and the climax to a year of varied celebration was the dedication of a window to A.E. Housman in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey.

2022 is the centenary of A.E. Housman’s second volume of verse, titled Last Poems. The Society has marked the centenary by publishing a commemorative edition with a Foreword by Vice-President Sir Andrew Motion. (For details and ordering advice see Publications).