The Margery Allingham Society

From The Glue Works

The newsletter of the Margery Allingham Society

No.19 - Autumn 2008

Program for 2009
The outline program is as follows:
7 March
'Mr. Magersfontein Lugg: a celebration of his life and work' at the C.A.A. in Bedford Street, Covent Garden.
23 May
Birthday Lunch at the University Women's Club, with Janet Laurence as our guest (preceded by the A.G.M.). Janet Laurence is the distinguished author of two crime fiction series: The Darina Lisle books, which have a gourmet food ambience, and the Canaletto books, with the 18th century Italian master as detective.
25 July
Visit to Kersey, the model for Sanctuary in LOOK TO THE LADY / THE GYRTH CHALICE MYSTERY.
Late September
Visit to the University of Westminster, formerly the Regent Street Polytechnic, where both Margery and Pip Carter received their further education. Unless a more ambitious project eventuates, this will take the form of a guided tour as part of the Open House weekend, in which the University will be participating. The exact date and the exact nature of the event will be announced in the next Glue Works, early in 2009.
In addition, as part of the Essex Book Festival, Julia Jones (formerly Thorogood) will be talking about Herbert Allingham at the Mersea Island Library on 11 March at 2.30. Later that same day, at Witham Library at 7.45, next year's Dorothy L. Sayers Lecture will be given by Laura Thompson.
A revised edition of Julia Jones' biography of Margery Allingham will be published next year.
The Youngman Carter Bottle Street Gazette
There has been no response as yet to the request for contributors to a Youngman Carter issue of the journal. Would anyone like to review any or all of his books? These are the two Campion novels, MR. CAMPION'S FARTHING and MR. CAMPION'S FALCON/MR. CAMPION'S QUARRY; the travel book, ON TO ANDORRA; the posthumous 'autobiography', ALL I DID WAS THIS; the unpublished book of stories, TALES OF THE OFF-BEAT; and a series of books about wine. Do please, let the Chairman know should you be game to volunteer.
Biography of Albert Campion
It has been suggested that we should write and publish a biography of Mr. Campion or, at least assemble a chronology of his life and career. Since this would entail considerable research, it is proposed that a team of enthusiasts should share the work, with specific texts assigned to specific members for investigation and analysis. If you might like to join this project, please let the Chairman know. There are 21 books and 31 stories to be examined so, the more the merrier.
Kinn McIntosh has sent a note of a recent publication with two Allingham stories included. This is DEAD MEN TALKING, published by Peter Tolhurst at Black Dog Books, 104, Trinity Street, Norwich NR2 2BJ. The stories are 'The Sexton's Wife' and ''Tis Not Hereafter'.
Membership Renewals
It's that time of year again. To renew your membership, please use the attached form. There is an additional option to pay by standing order and a form is enclosed to return to your bank if you wish to use this facility.
Albert Sloman Library
The Albert Sloman Library at the university of Essex in Colchester has recently published a revised version of its brochure giving details of the various special collections in its care. These now include the Margery Allingham/Youngman Carter archive, of course and it is gratifying to see that Pip Carter's colourful dustwrapper designs enliven both front and back covers of the booklet. If you'd like a copy, either let the Chairman know or get directly in touch with Nigel Cochrane, Deputy Librarian at the Sloman. The address is Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ, telephone 01206 873333/873172.
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