From The Glue Works
The newsletter of the Margery Allingham Society
No.9 - Nov/Dec 2004
- Dear Members,
- Welcome to The Glueworks and apologies for the late arrival of this issue.
- Chris Willis
- As this bulletin was going to the post we were saddened and shocked to hear of the untimely death of a greatly valued and esteemed member of the Society - Chris Willis.
- Chris will be sorely missed by all who knew her. Our sympathy goes out to her family and all her many friends. An appreciation will appear in the spring issue of the Bottle Street Gazette.
- Tuesday December 7
- It is greatly regretted that the Margery Allingham and Food event had to be cancelled. We shall reschedule it as part of the 2005 programme see below
- Draft Programme 2005
- 9th March 2005
- Talk on Margery and food presented by Natasha Cooper - Details later.
- 21st May 2005
- Annual General Meeting at the University Women's Club followed by the Annual Birthday lunch. Guest speaker Jessica Mann.
- July 2005
- Margery and the garden. This will include a visit to the Museum of Garden History and a specialist speaker on Margery's use of plants in her work.
- September 2005
- Day out to Popes Hall in Essex (the model for The Beckoning Lady). The theme to be the 50th anniversary of the novel.
- There will be no weekend convention in 2005.
- Annual Subscriptions
- Subscriptions become due on January 1st and we look forward to your continued membership in 2005.
- US and other overseas members who pay by dollar cheques will see from the enclosed membership renewal form that these cheques should now be made payable to Dr Susan Peters who will look after the conversion from dollars to sterling.
- Jean Upton has undertaken this task in past years and we are very grateful for her hard work in this respect. Susan has nobly offered to take it on. We are most grateful to Jean for all that she has done for the Society and to Susan for her willingness to continue the good work.
- Word from Dr Ronald Blythe
- Members who attended the weekend convention at Writtle were delighted by Dr Blythe's talk about his personal recollections of East Anglian literary life. His weekly column 'Word from Wormingford' which appears in the Church Times recalls his view of the weekend:
- 'Last Friday, to Writtle Agricultural College to talk, not to combine harvesters, but to the Margery Allingham Society on the centenary of the famous queen of whodunits. She lived not far from Wormingford, as did Dorothy L. Sayers, a sharer of this throne.
- 'While acknowledging the excellence of detective fiction and its place in English literature, I am ill read in it, something I had to confess at the outset to the Margery Allngham Society, whose hero is Albert Campion, married to Lady Amanda and still, I suspect, haunting our East Anglian rectories and country houses. The Society has published a 100th anniversary tribute to him entitled The Albert Memorial, and at lunch I felt somewhat out of things, not having the faintest acquaintance with him. I did once meet Dorothy Sayers, however; and so I was able to whodunit name-drop a little.
- 'Soon the Society will lay flowers on Margery Allingham's grave at Tolleshunt D'Arcy. In what more perfectly named village could a queen of whodunits await the resurrection? Albert Campion, like Lord Peter Wimsey and M.Poirot, has, of course, long been immortal.
- 'Back at Bottengoms Farm, I go to the white bookcase laden with green Penguins, and begin to read The Fashion in Shrouds (1938), hoping to make up for decades of Allingham neglect. Life is so brief. How will we ever read all we could?'
Church Times 1.10.04
- Dr Chris Willis - a postscript
- During the past year Chris has been responsible for rescuing the website from the doldrums. If you think that you can help continue her good work in any way please get in touch with Barry or Marianne.
Greetings from all at the Glueworks and renewed apologies for the delay in getting this newsletter into the post.
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