John Betjeman was an English poet, writer, and broadcaster. He was Poet Laureate from 1972 until his death. He was a founding member of the Victorian Society and a passionate defender of Victorian architecture, helping to save St Pancras railway station from demolition. He began his career as a journalist and ended it as one of the most popular British Poets Laureate and a much-loved figure on British television.
The John Betjeman Poetry Competition for Young People began in 2006 and was open to 10 to 13-year-olds living anywhere in the British Isles (including the Republic of Ireland), with a first prize of £1,000. In 2020, Private Eye reported that the prize was to close after thirteen years.