Alliance of Literary Societies Journal

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?

Campion discussed in Slightly Foxed Magazine

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:

AGM and Birthday Lunch Postponed

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.


Margery 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:

AGM and Birthday Lunch

The Society’s AGM passed off without incident in the library of the University Women’s Club in Mayfair before moving on to the main business of the day, the Birthday Lunch.

The special guest Edwin Buckhalter, publisher of Mike Ripley’s Campion continuation novels, cut the cake and gave an entertaining speech describing how his interest in detective fiction was sparked by working in the family bookselling business where he was frequently called upon to collect books from publishers’ trade outlets and was often given free copies to take home and read. Sounds like the perfect holiday job!

Alliance of Literary Societies Weekend

The Margery Allingham Society was represented at the annual weekend gathering of the Alliance of Literary Societies, hosted by the George Eliot Foundation in Nuneaton.

In the rather splendid surroundings of the Council Chamber of Nuneaton Town Hall, we heard a lecture by Kathryn Hughes on George Eliot’s early experience as a milkmaid on her father’s tenant farm, which, she proudly told friends, gave her a more muscular right hand than her left owing to the hours churning butter. But when her glove was produced at the climax of the talk it proved to be a size 6 1/2 – the second smallest size produced commercially for Victorian women. Several ingenious solutions to this mysterious conundrum were proposed by members of the audience. Clearly there is here the basis for a plot to puzzle even Albert Campion!

The Society provided a copy of The Case of The Late Pig as one of the prizes in the fundraising raffle and we succeeded in recruiting a new member during the day who joined online through the website while talking with our representatives at the gathering.