Life President

  • Dennis Silk CBE


  • Kendall Sassoon

Other Patrons:

  • Neil Brand
  • Max Egremont
  • John Stuart Roberts
  • Jean Moorcroft Wilson
Latest Fellowship News...

SSF Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday 3rd September at St.Hilda's College Oxford. It was followed by talks given by VIvien Whelpton - "War, Tradition and Reality: poet soldiers finding a voice" and Alistair Lees-Smith - "The Poet and the Politician" (Alistair is the grandson of Hastings Lees-Smith, the MP who read out the Soldier's Declaration in the House of Commons in 1917.)
SSF in conjunction with Battle Honours Ltd. is pleased to announce 'Siegfried Sassoon on the Western Front: 1915-1918' - 6-9th July 2017. A three day guided tour based in Central Arras. - See Details below...
Lorna Lawson (Siegfried's great neice) opened the Matfield Village Fete on Saturday 16th July. SSF's marquee housed a display by the local historical society illustrating Siegfried's childhood and upbringing in the village. There were frequent Sassoon prose and poetry readings during the course of the afternoon.
The well attended 2016 'Flower Show' Cricket Match on Sunday 17th July on Matfield Village Green, resulted in a convincing victory by the George Sherston X1 over Matfield CC.

Provisional booking made for 2017 SSF Annual Conference to be held at Napier University, Craiglockhart, Edinburgh as part of the Alliance of Literary Societies Conference being held there

SSF Journal editor Mhairi Pooler publishes 'Early Twentieth-Century Autobiographies of the Artist Hero'

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  • Chair: Meg Crane
  • Vice Chair: Christian Major
  • Secretary: Deborah Fisher
  • Treasurer: Peter Clinch
  • Publications: Mhairi Pooler-Hellbrandt
  • Sam Gray
  • Cynthia Greenwood
  • Graham Lampard
  • Irene McCready
  • Jack Sturiano

The first four reasons to join SSF...

Frequent Events, including Springtime meetings at The Lamb in Bloomsbury and occasional November talks at Imperial War Museum, both featuring Sassoon biographers and reviewers.

Annual Conferences, have been held at evocative Sassoon inspired locations including Marlborough, Matfield, Downside, Oxford, Cambridge, Stratford-upon-Avon, Radley and Cardiff.

Siegfried's Journal,
a sumptious bi-annual, printed, text rich, A4 sized journal full of splendidly researched and written Sassoonery, mailed out to all members.


Flower Show Cricket Match, annual fixture between George Sherston X1 & Matfield CC on the village green in Siegfried's native village of Matfield, Kent.

SSF in conjunction with Battle Honours Ltd. is pleased to announce:

'Siegfried Sassoon on the Western Front: 1915-1918'
A Guided Western Front Tour
6th to 9th July 2017

Starting, as Sassoon himself did, in French Flanders, we shall use his verse, diaries and memoirs to examine his attitude to war and approach to poetry when he arrived on the Western Front, and how both began to change. We shall follow his journey south to the Somme in early 1916 and learn about his life- changing experiences there. After illness in the latter half of 1916, he returned to the Somme but his battalion was soon on the move and we shall follow their march to Arras and Sassoon's experience of the Battle of Arras before he was wounded and returned home, stirred by his recent experiences to make his declaration against the war. He was back on the Western Front in the summer of 1918 and we shall learn why he abandoned his protest and trace the movements of his battalion to the River Lys where the poet, wounded again, was invalided out of the war.
  • Price - £575 (£90 single supplement)

  • Tour Base - 3 star Hotel in central Arras

For further details and for bookings, please contact: Battle Honours Ltd
Suite L, Astonbury Farm Business Park, Aston, Stevenage, Herts, SG2 7EG
Tel: 01438 880725

Membership Includes:

Invitation to SSF Events
Annual Conferences
Receiving the bi-annual journal
SSF Facebook access
SSF Blogspot updates

and the opportunity to participate in the Fellowship's Activities shown below...

Cardiff Conference
Cardiff Conference

Join SSF and also perhaps consider a joint membership with The Wilfred Owen Association - See 'Join-Us' page.

For Further Information
please contact:

The Secretary
Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship
PO Box 11
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Alliance of Literary Societies

The Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship is a member of the ALS, the umbrella organisation for literary societies in the UK. The Alliance of Literary Societies provide support and advice on a variety of subjects, as well as promoting cooperation between member societies.