Following the success of the Zoom meetings held by the Society earlier this year, the Society is going to run a reading group on Zoom this Autumn. The first group will be on Tuesday 19 October 2021 at 8pm and the book under discussion will be The White Cottage Mystery. Copies of this book are available online from Amazon, ABE Books etc and there is also a kindle version.
This is a free event but you will need to register your email address in order to receive the Zoom link. Please contact Susan Cooper at:email@example.com to register. The reading group will be open to anyone, so if you have family or friends who would like to join in, please pass on the details.
The AGM will be held via Zoom on Saturday 29th May starting at 4pm (BST). .
Even though the AGM will be on Zoom this year, we will follow our usual programme to the extent that we can (unfortunately we can’t provide lunch this year!). Peter Guttridge will be the guest of honour and speaker following the formal procedure of the AGM. The second winner of the Margery Allingham/Crime Writers Association Short Story competition, he is a distinguished crime writer and critic, and is also a very entertaining speaker. If Peter is not able to attend, Barry Pike will give a short talk.
The meeting is open to all members to attend and we hope that once again, the time slot will give those members who don’t live near London an opportunity to join us.
If you would like to attend the AGM, please contact Susan Cooper by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) giving your name and email address. She will email everyone who has expressed an interest in attending a link to Zoom prior to 29th May. You will be able to join the meeting via a computer, laptop, tablet or phone.
We have arranged another Zoom meeting for Saturday, 20th March 2021 at 7.30pm GMT.
If you would like to contribute to this meeting, please come prepared to speak for up to three minutes on the following topic of When/How/Why I First Found Margery.
As before, your talk can be as serious or as tongue-in-cheek as you like as long as you don’t speak for more than three minutes.
The meeting is open to all members to attend and we hope that once again, the time slot will give members outside the UK an opportunity to join us.
You can be a participant or a spectator (and, if you don’t want to contribute with a three-minute slot, you will of course have a chance to ask questions, make comments and join in the general discussion after the contributions.)
If you would like to attend the meeting please contact Susan Cooper by email, giving your name and email address and whether or not you wish to contribute a three minute talk at:
You will then receive a link to join the Zoom meeting.
Do you want to join the hunt for The Tiger in the Smoke? Will you make More Work For The Undertaker? Are you going to be with the Police At The Funeral?
The Society is offering you the chance to tell everyone about the Campion tale – it can be a novel or a short story – that you would most like to take part in.
On January 30th at 7:30pm the Society will be hosting a Zoom Meeting where members can describe why they would want to take part in one of Margery’s tales of ALbert Campion. You have three minutes to tell everybody which story you would like to take part in, why you chose that one, what role you would like to take on, what you would do (would you do things differently than Albert does – be prepared to justify yourself to everybody else if so!), how would you take party in the climax of the story?
You will have three minutes to persuade everybody that you should be allowed to take part in your favourite tale.
To take part contact email@example.com, saying which book or story title you would like to talk about, and you will receive a personal invitation to this unique online gathering of the Society.
And for those who would rather simply listen to hear which tales other members would most like to take part in then simply contact firstname.lastname@example.org and say you would like to join as a listener only.
Everyone who takes part, including those who join as listeners, will be able to ask questions and make comments during the meeting and join in the general chat about Albert and his adventures if they want to do so.
If you have never taken part in a Zoom meeting before, don’t worry, it is really easy. All you have to do is email email@example.com to get your email invitation. Then, just before 7:30 on 30th January, click on the link in the invitation to join the fun.
The Society is a member of the Alliance of Literary Societies and so members have access to the twice-yearly newsletter of the ALS – the wonderfully titled Not Only But ALSo. Use the link below to read the latest edition (Autumn/Winter 2020).
While visiting the ALS site, do check out its banner strapline, which has been updated to read “From Allingham to Zola” so we get a prominent name-check on it’s website. Who knows, it might give us an influx of new members?
The Margery Allingham Society is affiliated to the Alliance of Literary Societies. One of the benefits of membership is the regular journal of the ALS which includes articles on literary topics.
The latest issue can be accessed online through this link:
Members may be interested to learn that the next issue of the ALS magazine is to feature parodies of famous authors writing about life under a pandemic. What would Margery have made of Covid 19 and lockdown? How would Albert cope? (I think we all know Amanda would be coping perfectly well!) Why not try your hand at writing a piece for inclusion in the next journal?
During the present coronavirus crisis, Slightly Foxed magazine is making its archive open to non-subscribers (lovely idea – thanks to you for that). One of the articles that readers can access is a discussion of Margery’s Albert Campion.
You can reach it using the link below:
Owing to the current coronavirus situation, the committee has reluctantly decided that it must postpone the Society’s AGM and Birthday Lunch due to be held in May. The health of members and their families must come first and a gathering in central London would, unfortunately, risk compromising the safety of those who attend and that of family members with whom they come into contact afterwards.
No decision can yet be taken on when the AGM may be rescheduled while the current situation persists.
The committee hopes that members will remain safe and healthy during the coming weeks. The Society will continue to communicate with you through the website, through our Facebook page and our usual Newsletter and Journal publications.
WINTER TALK: MARGERY ALLINGHAM ON THE RADIO:
8 February 2020 at 12.30pm
Venue: The Concert Artistes Association, 20 Bedford Street, London WC2E 9HP
The Society’s Chairman Barry Pike will talk about Margery Allingham on the Radio and there will be a light buffet lunch. We will start at 1230 with lunch at 1300, followed by Barry’s talk. The event costs £20 per person which includes the buffet lunch. The bar will be open to buy drinks. Guests as well as members are very welcome.
Please contact Susan Cooper if you would like to attend: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the Society gather for food, drink and conversation at The Union Bar/Grill in Paddington Basin, London.