Buchan Heritage Festival


Held over a weekend in May, usually following the third Wednesday, the Buchan Heritage Festival at Strichen celebrates the Doric and the traditions of the North East of Scotland through song, verse, storytelling, drama, dance and music.






It commences with a pre-festival dance at the Ritchie Hall with further evening music ranging from fiddles to accordions during the Saturday prize winners concert and a lively Ceilidh.

The main day is Saturday with events such as schools' competitions, singing, bothy ballad and Doric storytelling and verse taking place with entrants from all corners of Buchan.

At the Royal British Legion Hall, there is a farewell Ceilidh.

For further information visit www.buchanheritagesociety.co.uk

See also the Doric Festival.

If you would like your Doric event featured on the website please contact me.






The Drummer Boy


The Drummer Boy is my latest novel about the ghost of a Gordon Highlander Drummer Boy from the Battle of Waterloo who haunts a modern day army nurse.


Chapters take place in modern day Aberdeen, at the Noose & Monkey bar and restaurant as well as His Majesty’s Theatre and Garthdee. Other scenes take place at Tidworth and during the Napoleonic War.


I’ve put in many Doric words and phrases into the novel, my favourite being “Mmm oxters o an Aberdeen loon, cannae beat it!” As with all my novels and short stories (my author name is CG Buswell) it includes the Doric, scenes from Aberdeen and famous ghosts from our area.


Read the first three chapters for free on most devices.