Friday 8th to
Third Durham Conference
Venue: St. John’s College, Durham
“What a brilliant Conference – the word that comes to mind is ‘inspirational’!” (comment by a member attending in 2015).
Our first Society Conference was held at Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden, but since 2013 we have been based at St. John’s College, Durham, hard by the wonderful
cathedral. We are holding the next biennial seminar this coming September on “John Buchan and the Great War”. I am delighted to say, we already have an excellent
line-up of Speakers: Ursula Buchan on JB in France (dealing with JB as war correspondent and observer, his relationship with General Haig and his contact with his
own younger brother, Alastair); Michael Redley on JB’s contributions to wartime propaganda; Kate Macdonald on JB’s contributions to newspapers and magazines and his
published speeches during the War; Bill Telford with a photographic presentation of the battlefields of north-eastern France and Flanders; and Ken Hillier, with an
illustrated overview of all JB’s writings on the conflict.
Accommodation will be in The Garth, as before. There are nine double en-suite rooms (first come, first served!) and 29 single en suite rooms. There will be
buffet-style meals on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes, and a Dinner on Saturday evening. Light refreshments are served between talks. Saturday
afternoon will be free time to explore the lovely city. The cost will be no more than Ł195 p.p. (it was Ł185 in 2015) and slightly less for those sharing rooms and
considerably less for non-residents. Please send me a deposit of Ł25 p.p. as soon as possible (made out to “The John Buchan Society”) to secure a place at the
Conference. Include your email contact address or normal home address. The full payment will probably be collected at the start of June, but further details will be
given at the AGM in Perth and by correspondence. Durham is on the East Coast Main Line; there is a bus or taxi service to the Bailey and a multi-storey car park a
ten-minute walk away. We have also been able to secure parking permits for a nearby university car park, the other side of the river. A map will be sent with the
other conference papers.
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