The John Buchan Story

Peebles, Scottish Borders

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Buchan’s work as propaganda chief explored in new exhibition – The Herald, 17 May 2018 by Phil Miller

HE was the Scottish writer of spy adventures and international intrigue.

Now the wartime propaganda work of John Buchan, creator of The Thirty Nine Steps, can be shown in a new light by a major new exhibition at the museum dedicated to his work.

Buchan, as well as being a world famous writer, directed wartime information for the government in the First World War, and a new study of his propaganda career shows how the writer worked in a atmosphere of intrigue and turmoil.

The new exhibition, at the John Buchan Story Museum in Peebles, delves into the work of Buchan, born in Perth in 1875, when he was Director of Information.

The show, compiled by Emma Small, a history graduate of the University of Sunderland, traces his work from 1916 to 1919 and shows how his position influenced his novel Mr Standfast, which was published in 1919.

The museum’s work was hindered by the “thorough” way Buchan destroyed nearly all his paperwork from his time at the Government.

Dr Peter Worthington, chair of the John Buchan Story, said the research showed that Buchan’s time as director was marred by opposition from the Daily Chronicle, a newspaper of the time and the ambitions of Sir Robert Donald, its editor.

The Chronicle ran from 1872 to 1930, and Sir Robert was on the advisory committee of the Department of Information, and made Buchan’s life difficult with his scheming for position.

Dr Worthington added: “What intrigued us was the very difficult relationship Buchan had with the Chronicle, and that its editor essentially wanted to do Buchan’s job.”

Buchan, he said, “never got on with Lloyd George”.

David Lloyd George, the British Prime Minister, who was a friend for a time with Donald, went on to buy the Chronicle.

“I think a lot of people of course known Buchan for his writing, but this exhibition casts a new light on his work in the war years,” he added.

“Without Emma’s contribution the current exhibition would not have been possible.

History graduate puts John Buchan’s wartime propaganda on show – Press Release from Sunderland University

We are pleased to announce the release to the press of Emma Small’s work for the new exhibition on John Buchan’s war-time role. The full press release is here:

 

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JOHN BUCHAN STORY – the 2018 season!

We are pleased to announce that we are open for our sixth full season.

Our new exhibition focuses on the work of Buchan in 1918 as the Director of Information which involved making effective use of Britain’s war-time propaganda campaign. We trace Buchan’s progress from 1916 to 1919 – what a battle with politicians!

 

Last year’s exhibition on the Battle of Arras in featured on our  32-inch tablet along much of our archive material. This gives us the opportunity to show material hitherto locked away!

 

Those who have visited us in previous years will notice that the front of the museum has been brightened with the addition of a banner and a new window image:

 

 

John Buchan’s Amicable Anti-Modernism – posted 28 January 2018

John Buchan’s Amicable Anti-Modernism by Nathan Waddell, University of Birmingham, UK

 

This article considers the novelist John Buchan’s changing responses to literary modern-ism in the inter-war period. It argues that although Buchan has generally been taken as a straightforward opponent of modernist writing, careful study of his oeuvre dis-closes a more complex scenario in which an antagonism to certain modernist “excesses” is mixed with a qualified attraction to particular modernist innovations. The article’s central assumption is that a key part of Buchan’s worth to the New Modernist Studies lies in his querying — in novelistic as well as in essayistic forms — of the vocabularies now used to elaborate such literary-historical oppositions as high vs. low, for instance, or old vs. new. The article breaks new ground by moving beyond familiar Buchan texts — e.g. The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915) — into the less appreciated territory of his novel Huntingtower (1922), his literary criticism and his cultural commentaries. 

Please click the link below to read the full article.

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The John Buchan Society – January 2018 Newsletter

The latest, January 2018,  John Buchan Society’s Newsletter is now available.

Please click on the link below to read the pdf version.

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Episode 10 – John Buchan – Sick Heart River by The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Scottish Literature

To listen to this fascinating programme:

Episode 10 – John Buchan – Sick Heart River by The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Scottish Literature

please click on the link below:

https://soundcloud.com/user-265718587/episode-10-john-buchan-sick-heart-river

 

It is an hour long but well worth it!

Sunderland University – “The John Buchan Prize for best M.A. English Dissertation (November 2017)

On the 29 November 2017, Deborah Stewartby and Peter Worthington journeyed to Sunderland University to present the John Buchan Prize to Andrew (Andy) McCabe. This is the first time the prize has been awarded and we hope that over the years it will help to spread knowledge of John Buchan in the academic world.

 

Please click on the link below to read the press release from Sunderland University.

http://www.usonline.co.uk/news/39-steps-success

The Certificate signed by Lord Tweedsmuir and Steve Watts of Sunderland University

 

Andy dashing to be greeted by the Vice-Chancellor

 

                              

Lady Stewartby presenting the Certificate and prize to Andrew with his tutors, Colin and Alison Younger, and Peter Worthington  in the background

 

                      

Lady Stewartby and Andrew with Steve Watts (Head of the School of Culture) and Peter Worthington  in the background

 

John Buchan Story on ITV Border ‘Border Life’ – 20 November 2017

Some time ago, we had a visit from Border TV who filmed various aspects of the Museum. This included interviews with Deborah Stewartby about the family; Ursula Buchan about her forthcoming book; Ian Buckingham showing some of the artefacts.

This will form part of the Monday night ‘Border Life’ programme. and we may have a few minutes of fame! In fact, we had the entire programme devoted to the John Buchan Story!

Please click on the link to watch the programme

http://www.itv.com/news/border/update/2017-11-21/watch-border-life/

 

The John Buchan Story was closed when the programme was shown on television. However, we do open on request during the winter months – please telephone 01721 723525 for a viewing appointment or e-mail using the form on the contact page.

Donation of books to Peebles High School

We recently hosted a group of pupils from Peebles High School, who had a good look around the Museum and learnt more about John Buchan.

They will be reading ‘The 39 Steps’ in their English class and we look forward to hearing about how they found it! Their last book was Macbeth, so this will be quite a contrast  (although both have suspense and intrigue?)

To help the school, the Museum was delighted to present them with a set of the books for them to use. Richard Hannay lives on!

The Scribblings of Charlie Brown

Charles Brown, a former Merchant Navy Officer, an Engineer and Schoolteacher, is a keen fan of John Buchan.

He has sent us three of his scribblings:

Realms of Reality and Flights of Fancy.

“This is the bit of nonsense I made up after suggesting that walkers of the “The John Buchan Way” might like to try their hand at making up a wee story about the route they have enjoyed walking.”

Realms of Reality and Flights of Fancy

The Twa Fishers

I have included the translations of the lallands used in both texts.

Fishers TWIN Version

Capital Hills

You might also like this poem that I made up about the Pentland Hills.

Capital Hills
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