The Neil Munro Society
was founded in 1996 to encourage interest in the works of Neil Munro
(1863-1930). It organises an annual programme of talks and other events
in Munro's home town of Inveraray and in Glasgow and attracts leading
authorities on Scottish literature and history to address its meetings.
A growing membership in Britain and
overseas testifies to the revival of interest in Munro and his work
as a novelist, short story-writer, journalist, critic and poet.
A Munro Archive
is being created to assist with research into Munro's life and work.
Children's writing competitions are organised and a twice-yearly magazine
ParaGraphs, with texts of lectures, articles,
and other material of Munro interest is published. Members can also
buy copies of all Munro titles currently in print
at discounted prices.
On this page:Winter
Meeting, AGM, Annual Conference, Letter to Members,
THE NEIL MUNRO SOCIETY AUTUMN EXCURSION 2015 : Letter from the Chairman
Many of you will be wondering about the Autumn Excursion that The Neil Munro Society usually embarks on every September
and why you haven't heard of any arrangements for this year. I'm very sorry to have to inform you that we will not be having one.We had been informed some months ago that An Comunn Gaidhealach were intending to have an exciting Neil Munro fringe event at their annual mod in Oban in early October and at our last committee meeting we thought a visit to this would make an excellent Autumn Excursion for the Neil Munro Society. Unfortunately we have learned that An Comunn's funding from Creative Scotland has been severely cut and it now seems unlikely that the fringe event will proceed. The Committee is extremely sorry that we will not be meeting this autumn and apologise sincerely for the disappointment.
On a much more cheerful note I am very happy to report that thanks to the sterling work of Ken MacTaggart, Christine Mackay and Duncan Beaton the ornamental stone which has been missing from the top of the Neil Munro Monument in Glen Aray has been replaced. Ken, Christine and Duncan negotiated with An Comunn Gaidhealach (the legal owners of the monument)n and K2 (a firm of steeplejacks) and the new stone is now handsomely in place. Not only that, but the whole monument has been refurbished and should be safe and a fitting tribute to Neil Munro for many years to come.
I am also happy to inform you that ths arrangements for the Winter Meeting are finalised. It will take place on Friday, 26th February 2016. It will take place as usual in The Glasgow Art Club, 185 Bath Street, Glasgow. The theme of the evening will be the great exhibition held in Glasgow in 1911 - in which Neil Munro had some involvement. Our speaker on this topic will be Neil Curtis and the title of his talk is:
Exhibiting Scottish Identity: The 1911 Scottish Exhibition of National History, Art and Industry.
For the second part of the evening we are privileged to have engaged the distinguished and popular folk singer Adam McNaughtan who will sing for us a selection of songs which were popular in Glasgow and beyond at that time.
I apologise again for any disappointment at there not being an Autumn Excursion. I hope you enjoy the rest of the summer and look forward to seeing you at our Winter Meeting on 26th February.
With every best wish, Ronnie Renton
THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND AGM OF THE SOCIETY WILL TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY 14TH MAY 2016
Members will assemble at Auchindrain Museum of Crofting Life near Furnace and after coffee will tour the village with a guide.
After a soup and sandwich lunch in the Inveraray Inn the AGM will be followed by talks by Dr Colin Munro on his research into the DNA of the Munro family and Dr Linden Bicket on the work of George Mackay Brown.
The day will cost £25 which will cover entry to Auchindrain, coffees/teas and lunch.
In addition it is hoped that members will meet for dinner in the George Hotel (not included in booking fee).
Please see the bottom of this page for booking instructions.
Minutes of recent Annual General Meetings of
the Neil Munro Society can be viewed on a separate page - Click on Minutes
Many congratulations to our member, Allan Y. McDougall, who graduated MPhil in Scottish Literature
from Glasgow University.We are delighted that he chose The Journalism of Neil Munro Fiction,
Criticism and Cultural Comment, examining Neil Munros assessment of his peers and his reaction, in writing,
to current events. We wish him every success in the future.
Allan's thesis is available online from the following link:
THE NEIL MUNRO MEDAL
The Neil Munro Society Medal, which is awarded annually to the top student in Scottish Literature at the
University of Glasgow, was presented in June 2015.
Congratulations to Nia Clark.
The Society is delighted with the the new road signs at the entrances to Inveraray indicating the
birthplace of Neil Munro.
Many thanks to Argyll and Bute Council.
A portrait of Neil Munro can now be seen prominently displayed beside the reception desk in
the George Hotel in Inveraray.
Many thanks to the George Hotel, Archie Gray and Robert Stewart for all their hard work.
MOST RECENT PUBLICATIONS
THE POETRY OF NEIL MUNRO by Bob Preston with an introduction by Alan MacGillivray is now available.
This is a new publication which gathers together poems by Neil Munro from a variety of sources thanks to Mr Preston's painstaking research over many years. Also included are several of the tributes which appeared in print after Munro's death in 1930. Full notes about each poem are included making this book an essential tool for students of Munro.
The book is published by Kennedy and Boyd and is available to members for £12.50 (including postage within UK).
We are also happy to announce the publication of a reprint of THE CLYDE, RIVER AND FIRTH which includes
the 'Hunter' illustrations in monochrome with four of the best reproduced in colour on the cover.
This book as also published by Kennedy and Boyd (Grimsay Press imprint) and is available to members for £12.50 (rrp£14.95)
THE HISTORY OF THE ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND by Neil Munro and published by Kennedy and Boyd
(The editors have resisted the temptation to add a final chapter!)
Other recent publications available to members are:The Brave Days and The Looker-On,
George Blake's selections of Neil Munro's Journalism published in the early 1930s.
These titles are now available on the Society shop order form at £12.50 per copy.
Fancy Farm, the last of Neil Munro's novels to be put back into print is
now available from the Society for £12.50 (rrp£14.95)
Mairi's Wedding, Peter Stickland's newly published innovative novel: a fairytale incorporating passages drawn extensively from the works of Neil Munro. Copies are available from the Neil Munro Society.
PHOTOS FROM RECENT EVENTS
Some photos of the visit to Tarbert can be viewed on: http://vmphoto.photobox.co.uk/album/70861925
Historic Argyll can be viewed on: http://vmphoto.photobox.co.uk/album/29006974
Some photos of the Annual Conference visit to Kenmore and evening events can be viewed on: http://vmphoto.photobox.co.uk/album/29130921
Photos of the Society visit to Duntrune and Dunadd : http://www.photobox.co.uk/album/198407410
Annual conference and Dinner 2009:http://www.photobox.co.uk/album/112477736
Brian Osborne was building up the following weblog during the weeks prior to his death. To view please click on the following link:http://www.briandosborne.wordpress.com/
The A.G.M. Minutes can now be viewed on a separate page - Click on Minutes
is open to all individuals, organisations, and institutions. Subscriptions
for 2009 are:
Ordinary Membership £15.00
Unwaged/OAP/Student Membership £12.00
Institutional Membership £20.00
There is a £3.00 surcharge for subscriptions
paid in non-Sterling funds.
To join the Neil Munro Society or to book an event, contact the Society Secretary
Margaret Renton, Secretary
The Neil Munro Society
c/o 4 Randolph Road
GLASGOW G11 7LG
Tel/Fax: 0141 339 5425
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site updated 27th April 2016