From The Glue Works
The newsletter of the Margery Allingham Society
No.35 - March 2014
- New Committee Members
- It is good news that Carolyn Caughey and Chris Seymour have joined the Society’s committee. Their accession will be ratified at the AGM on 24 May. Mary Anderson, our much-valued Treasurer, has also taken on the role of Membership Secretary.
- Programme for 2014
- 10 March at the Library at Great Baddow in Essex, 7.30pm. Mike Ripley on ‘ Albert Campion and Me’. Tickets £5 (concessions £4) on 01206 573948
- 24 May at the University Women’s Club, 2 Audley Square, London W1K 1DB. 11 am: AGM; 1pm: Lunch to celebrate the joint birthday of Margery Allingham and Albert Campion (on 20 May). Guest: Alison Joseph, currently in the Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association.
- In preparation:
- June/July: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. To celebrate the 60th birthday of Death of a Ghost we plan to attend this year’s Summer Exhibition, on a Saturday. Dr John Sweetman has gamely agreed to give us a preliminary talk about aspects of the RA, of which John Lefcadio was a prominent member. Some of us have warm memories of the earlier occasion when John took us on a selective tour of the Tate Gallery (now Tate Britain). We hope to arrange for lunch before the talk at the CAA in Bedford Street
- Early October: visit to Bletchley Park. Margery Allingham’s abiding interest in secret communication prompts the plan for a visit to the museum at Bletchley Park, the famous wartime centre for cracking enemy codes and ciphers. We plan to visit on a Saturday.
- 22 November: Winter Lunch: This purely convivial occasion will take place again this year. Various locations in London are being investigated and details will be circulated when available.
- Location of Future Events
- The committee is very conscious that all Society events take place either in London or, less frequently, in East Anglia. This is because Margery Allingham’s books and stories are largely confined to the South-East in their settings. However, there is no reason why we should not meet in other parts of Britain, even without an obvious link to Margery and her work. Accordingly, members are invited to give us their views on the matter, particularly those members who do not attend events because of their distance from where they live. Please let Jo have your comments.
- The Bottle Street Gazette
- Jennifer Palmer and Chris Seymour have joined the editorial strength of the Society’s journal. The Chairman will continue as editor. Carolyn Caughey will undertake the preparation of each issue for the press and we thank her warmly for offering to take on this demanding job.
- The journal depends on its contributors. If you would like to write something, don’t let anything stop you! If you come across an item of Allingham interest, do, please, let us know. E-mails or letters are fine. We still lack a regular correspondence column and it would be very good to have one. The look of the Gazette may change, for the better, we hope.
- Short Story Competition
- The winner of the competition will be announced at the Crimefest convention in Bristol in May. The winning story will be published on-line and, as sponsors, we intend to be represented in some way yet to be agreed.
- Regent Street Cinema
- The University of Westminster (formerly the Regent Street Polytechnic) will open its new cinema shortly. The Society has sponsored a seat in the auditorium in Margery Allingham’s name. Sadly, the word count did not allow for Pip Carter’s inclusion in the legend, which reads ‘Margery Allingham Queen of Crime’.
- Mr Campion's Farewell
- Mr Campion’s Farewell by Mike Ripley after Youngman Carter is due for publication by Severn House on 28 March. Mike has completed the story begun by Pip Carter and left unfinished at his death. Copies should be available at the Essex Book Festival event on 10 March. Youngman Carter’s two completed novels are currently available from Ostara in handsome paperback editions. Ostara is at 13 King Cole, Colchester CO3 9AG; on-line at www.ostarapublishing.co.uk. There will also be an event at Heffers, in Cambridge, on 15 April, starting at 6.30pm. For further information, please contact Heffers, 01223-
- Girl's Cinema
- The magazine ‘Girl’s Cinema’ was founded and run by Margery Allingham’s journalist aunt, Maud Hughes. There are bound copies at the Albert Sloman Library in Colchester and an incomplete run at the Cinema Museum, Elephant and Castle, London. The British Film Institute may have more. Margery wrote film stories for ‘Girl’s Cinema’ for ten years or more, but no research into them has ever been undertaken. If you might have the time, energy and interest to investigate, we’d be pleased to hear from you; or perhaps you know of a student in search of a project. Either way, do get in touch. Please get in touch with Barry.
Chairman Events Secretary Treasurer & Membership Secretary Webmistress Production Secretary Barry Pike Jo Hesslewood Mary Anderson Lesley Simpson Carolyn Caughey 42 Scarborough Road 11 Eights Marina 61 Morris Crescent Flat 23 Corfton Lodge Leytonstone Mariner's Way Motherwell Corfton Road London Cambridge ML1 5NH London E11 4AL CB4 1ZA W5 2HU 020 8556 5243 01223 322993 07814 255 874 07913 664 605 tbc honsec (at) margeryallingham.org.uk treasurer (at) margeryallingham.org.uk web (at) margeryallingham.org.uk tbc
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