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  • Dates for the Diary

    Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd March, 2020

    2020 AGM WEEKEND
    Jury's Inn Hotel, Derby

    The 2020 John Buchan Society AGM weekend will be held in Derby at the 4-star Jurys Inn Hotel (King Street, Derby DE1 3DB; tel: 01332 621000), on the weekend of Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd March. The Jury’s Inn Hotel is situated in the Derby Cathedral Quarter, the Cathedral being situated very close to the Hotel. The Hotel is modern with accessible lifts and where needed disabled facilities, rooms are spacious and all en suite, tea/coffee, bathroom accoutrements and good sized beds being a feature. There is a hotel car park, which is on a first come first served basis, but a disabled spot can be reserved. If the car park is full there is a large pay car park a short 5 minutes’ walk away, with 10% reduced rates for hotel guests. Derby is very accessible by rail from all parts of the UK, and the hotel is a short 5 minutes’ taxi ride from the railway station.

    ROOM COSTS ARE: Double/Twin Room - Sharing - £42 per person per night to include breakfast - Single Occupancy Room £68 per night to include breakfast.

    The hotel will allow members to stay extra nights at the same group rates, as long as they are attached to the Fri/Sat night package, before or afterwards.

    To book, please contact Mike Edwards: Tel. 07786 484114 (m) or Email or in writing to Freemans Cottage, Piccadilly, Guiting Power, Cheltenham, GL54 5UU.

    The group rates can only be booked through the above source, and if you go direct you will pay full rack rate!

  • Latest News

    Durham Conference, September 2019

    The Society held its biennial conference on the weekend of September 6-8, 2019, and once again in the congenial surroundings of St John’s College, Durham, a stone’s throw from its famous Cathedral. The theme was ‘John Buchan and Empire’, and 28 members attended. The speakers were Dr William R. Telford (on ‘John Buchan and Empire: The Formation and Development of His Imperial Vision'), Ursula Buchan (on 'Willie Buchan and India'), Dr Andrena Telford (on 'Anna Buchan and India: Adventures of a Chota Miss Sahib’), Dr Roger Clarke (on 'John Buchan’s Journalism and Empire: 1900-1914') and Dr Michael Redley (on 'The African Colony’). Meals were taken in the College’s Haughton Orangery, and presentations took place in the newly opened and technologically sophisticated Learning Resources Centre opposite. As always, the Saturday afternoon was kept free for conference participants to explore Durham on their own. For a fuller account of the conference and its deliberations, see the John Buchan Journal, Issue 52, 2019, pp. 69-70.

    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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