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  • Dates for the Diary 2017

    Friday 8th to
    Sunday 10th
    September 2017


    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).

    Durham Cathedral

    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.

    St. John's College

    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.

    Ken Hillier

    Greenmantle, Main Street, Kings Newton, Melbourne, Derbyshire DE73 8BX; Email:


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    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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