Ursula Buchan is an award-winning author and journalist, writing mainly about gardening and social history. These two preoccupations come together in ‘A Green and Pleasant Land: How England’s Gardeners Fought the Second World War’, published by Hutchinson in 2013. Drawing on the research for that book she will address the question: ‘Did we really Dig for Victory?’. Her talk on her grandfather, the novelist John Buchan, was a highlight of our 2019 festival.
This session is presented in association with the The Friends of Castle Parks, Berwick upon Tweed
After reading Modern History at Cambridge Ursula trained in horticulture at Kew and Wisley. She is a profic author. All of her books have been well received, in particular The English Garden, which was published in November, 2006, was a great critical success. An updated version was published in 2017. Garden People -Valerie Finnis and the Golden Age of Gardening (Thames and Hudson 2007) won the Enthusiasts’ Book of the Year from the Garden Media Guild, and she has also won awards for her journalism. In 1987 she presented Village Show, a two six-part Channel 4 series of gardening programmes. In 2007, she was closely involved with planning and laying out a garden at the Chelsea Flower Show (‘The Transit of Venus’) for her old college, New Hall, now Murray Edwards College, Cambridge. The garden was popular with both critics and the public. Her first book of social history is A Green and Pleasant Land: How Britain’s Gardeners Fought the Second World War, was published by Hutchinson in 2013. Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps, a biography of her grandfather, the novelist John Buchan, was published by Bloomsbury in 2019.
Ursula’s website: www.ursula-buchan.co.uk