News and Events
Dates for the Diary
October 25-29 2018
Western Front Tour
A visit has been arranged to the main battlefields, Museums and places in France & Belgium associated with John Buchan. An outline of the trip
complete with details of costs and pick up points is available to download. Click here. And a more detailed programme is also available. Click here
Bookings may be made by sending the booking form to Mike Edwards (Freemans Cottage, Piccadilly, Guiting Power, Cheltenham, Glos. GL54 5UU)
Enquiries can also be made by telephoning him on 01451 850 232 or email
Note that this tour is open to family and friends of members too.
6th to 8th
AGM and Annual Dinner
Venue: Banbury, Oxfordshire
The Society's Annual General Meeting, 2018, was held at Whately Hall Hotel, Banbury, Oxfordshire, from Friday, April 6, to Sunday April 8. This was a very successful event, which included a coach tour of the area, including Elsfield (Manor house and JB grave) and Minster Lovell ('The Blanket of the Dark' novel)
There was a fascinating pre-dinner talk by Taylor Downing, writer, historian and television producer. His talk, entitled 'Secret Warriors: The Spies. Scientists and Code Breakers of World War I' provided much of interest in light of Buchan's time in the Ministry of Information and his novels of the period.
John Buchan Society Conference 2017
St John’s College, Durham, was once again the venue for the Society’s biennial conference, held from September 8th-10th. This year the theme was “John Buchan and the Great War”. Bill Telford gave his own photographic presentation on the battlefields of northern France and Flanders, linking it to excerpts from Buchan’s History of the war. Ken Hillier delivered an illustrated overview of JB’s writings on the war, while Ursula Buchan spoke on JB’s activities in France as a war correspondent and observer.
Michael Redley gave an account of JB’s contributions to wartime propaganda, and Kate MacDonald presented a sweeping tally of JB’s contributions to newspapers and magazines, as well as his published speeches. The standard of accommodation and food at the College was as high as ever, and the lovely city of Durham provided the perfect backdrop to a most enjoyable, as well as informative, weekend.
||John Buchan on Angling
The Medlar Press is delighted to announce the publication of John Buchan on Angling, a new title by Keith Harwood. Further details of the book can be found on their website.
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