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  • Dates for the Diary

    Friday 6th – Sunday 8th September, 2019

    St. John’s College, Durham

    We are now busy planning for what will be the Society’s sixth weekend Seminar or Conference. The focus of the weekend is to be “John Buchan and Empire”. Speakers will include Ursula Buchan, Michael Redley, Andrena Telford and Bill Telford and topics covered will be Willie and Anna Buchan’s India as well as JB’s own interest in the sub-continent when serving in Parliament; JB’s African experiences; his articles in The Scottish Review and The Spectator on the Empire; and a more general overview of his thoughts and writings on Empire. Thoughts, opinion (and arguments!) will be welcomed from all those attending.

    Accommodation will be in The Garth, as on previous occasions. 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 and Saturday evenings and Sunday lunch, and a Dinner at Saturday lunchtime. Light refreshments are served between talks. Saturday afternoon will again allow time for exploring the delight that is Durham. The city is on the East Coast main line; there is a bus and taxi service to the Bailey. We should be able to secure parking permits again for a nearby university car park across the river. A map will be sent with the other Conference papers.

    The cost will probably be £205 p.p. (it was £185 in 2015 and £195 in 2017) and slightly less for those sharing rooms and considerably less for nonresidents. Please send me a deposit of £25 (made out to “The John Buchan Society”) as soon as possible to secure a place at the Conference. Include your email contact address and/or home address. The full payment will probably be collected by the end of June, but further details – e.g. the actual timetable, dietary requests – will be issued by subsequent correspondence.

    We would love to see more members take up this chance to reflect on an important aspect of Buchan’s life, career and thinking.

    Ken Hillier

    Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd March, 2020

    2020 AGM WEEKEND
    Derby Area

    This will be held in the Derby area and feature a Jacobite theme relating to JB's novels and Bonnie Prince Charlie's march south in 1745. More details later.

  • Latest News

    John Buchan Prize

    The 2018 John Buchan Prize for the Best Dissertation by an MA English Student at the University of Sunderland has been awarded to mature student Anthony Anderson. His lecturers selected his work for the prestigious annual prize for its “exceptional standard” and described him an “incredibly resilient individual” and a “real life-changer”. Anthony was presented with his award at the University’s Winter Academic Awards Ceremonies by John Buchan’s granddaughter, Laura Crackanthorpe. Anthony said: “When I started this journey, I never expected to be winning any awards, and this was the first time I'd written a piece like this. So, it was a complete shock when I was told I’d won. It’s a huge honour.”

    The University of Sunderland’s School of Culture has been working closely with the John Buchan Society and John Buchan Story Museum on a number of collaborative projects. These have included the digitisation of the Society's Journal and the redevelopment of the Museum's website. Steve Watts, Head of the School of Culture, added: “I am delighted with the close collaboration that has been developed with the John Buchan Society and the John Buchan Story Museum. The University has been working on several projects with the Society and Museum to support them in their aim of making their Journal and artefacts available on-line and accessible to everybody.”

    Short Stories read by Alasdair Hutton

    Thanks to the initiative from Alasdair, we are trying out some audio pieces of John Buchan's short stories. We have started with the 'King of Ypres' and 'Divus Johnston'. Go to the John Buchan's Works/Fiction/Audio section and have a listen.

    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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