The Margery Allingham Society

From The Glue Works

The newsletter of the Margery Allingham Society

No.16 - November 2007

Musical Evening
The most recent meeting of the Margery Allingham Society was a collaboration with the Jack Hulbert and Cicely Courtneidge Appreciation Society, to celebrate seventy years of DANCERS IN MOURNING. It took place on 21 September last at the Concert Artistes' Associations's premises in Bedford Street, London. It was well-attended and much enjoyed. A full report will appear in the Spring 2008 number of the Bottle Street Gazette.
Programme for 2008
The programme for 2008 is in place and the dates and venues are as follows:
Saturday 8 March;
The Society's twentieth birthday party at the Royal College of General Practitioners in Prince's Gate, London, near the Albert Hall. This will be a lunch party with a diversion drawing on Margery's Medicoes.
Saturday 17 May;
Margery's and Albert's birthday party at the usual venue, the University Women's Club in Audley Square, Mayfair. Our guest was to have been Margaret Yorke, but she has been forced to withdraw because of ill-health. We send her our good wishes for a full and speedy recovery.
In her place we welcome Catherine Aird, who has gamely stepped into the breach. In her own name, as Kinn McIntosh, she is well known and warmly-regarded by members of the Allingham and Dorothy L. Sayers Societies, of both of which she is a long-term member. As Catherine Aird, she is one of that precious band of present-day crime writers who preserve the polite traditions of detective fiction as established by Allingham and Sayers and other Golden Age writers. Her long series of Inspector Sloan novels has given readers much pleasure over many years.
Saturday 19 July;
A meeting to celebrate seventy years of THE FASHION IN SHROUDS. There will be a talk about the origins of haute couture between the wars, drawing on the novel and, it is hoped, with reference to the costume collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. The V & A has been approached but its participation is unconfirmed at present.
Saturday 4 October;
A visit to Kensal Green Cemetery in North London to mark the sixtieth birthday of MORE WORK FOR THE UNDERTAKER. The cemetery is renowned for the number of celebrities buried within its confines, among them one of the most revered of all crime writers, Wilkie Collins. Other writers' graves include those of Anthony Trollope, W.M Thackery, Harrison Ainsworth, Thomas Hood, Leigh Hunt, Sydney Smith and Terence Rattigan. Jas. Bowels himself would surely have been impressed by some of the coffins in the catacombs.
Merchandise
One of the features of the twentieth birthday party in March will be a display by Lesley Simpson of a projected range of Margery Allingham Society merchandise, including a bag and a sweatshirt. Meanwhile, it would be helpful if members would indicate to Lesley whether they would be interested to acquire such items should they made available. Her address is 23 Corfton Lodge, Corfton Road, Ealing London W5 2HU or you may get in touch via the web-site info@margeryallingham.org.uk or Lesley's mobile 07837853221.

Greetings from all at the Glueworks.


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