ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 29th MAY 2021
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 the Zoom meeting prior to 29th May. You will be able to join the meeting via a computer, laptop, tablet or phone.
WHEN/HOW/WHY I FIRST FOUND MARGERY
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.
ZOOM INTO YOUR FAVOURITE CAMPION TALE
If you have ever wanted to take part in a Campion tale – novel or short story – now is your chance. Join an online meeting, hosted by the Society on Zoom, for the chance to describe in three minutes, which tale you would like to take part in at a Zoom meeting hosted by the Society on 30th January at 7:30pm. To take part contact email@example.com saying in which tale you would like to participate. If you want to join in and listen only then you can do so too, just contact firstname.lastname@example.org and say that you will listen only.
Participants will receive a personal invitation email to join the meeting with a link to click on to join the meeting (yes, it really is that easy), so it is important to register in advance.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND LUNCH 2020: POSTPONED
Unfortunately the AGM and Birthday Lunch, which was scheduled to take place in May 2020, had to be cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus situation.
WINTER TALK: MARGERY ALLINGHAM ON THE RADIO:
8 February 2020
The Society’s Chairman Barry Pike gave a talk about Margery Allingham on the Radio. The talk featured excerpts from various BBC productions of Margery’s novels adapted for radio. The plays included Black Plumes, Look to the Lady, The Tiger in the Smoke, The Case of the Late Pig, More Work for the Undertaker and Wanted: Someone Innocent which were all originally broadcast between 1957 and 2005.
WINTER LUNCH 2019: 23 November
Members of the Society gathered again at The Union, Sheldon Square, London for a pre-Christmas get together. You will see we even got the same table as last year!
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND LUNCH 25 May 2019
This year’s Guest of Honour was Edwin Buckhalter, publisher of Mike Ripley’s Campion books. Edwin spoke entertainingly about working in the publishing industry and, in particular, the collaboration with Mike Ripley in the continuation series of Campion novels.
WEEKEND CONVENTION: 12 to 14 April 2019
Members of the Society gathered for a weekend convention at the Holiday Inn, Colchester. Highlights of the weekend included a visit to the Allingham Archive held at the University of Essex in Colchester and a guided tour of D’Arcy House and gardens, Margery’s home in Tolleshunt D’Arcy for most of her writing career.
WINTER LUNCH: 1 December 2018
This year’s lunch was held on 1 December at The Union, Sheldon Square, London – a new venue, which proved very popular.
A CELEBRATION OF 30 YEARS OF THE SOCIETY AND 80 YEARS SINCE THE PUBLICATION OF A FASHION IN SHROUDS: 20th October 2018
The Society held a talk by Barry Pike on A Fashion In Shrouds followed by lunch at the Concert Artistes Association, 20 Bedford Street, London WC2E 9HP.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND LUNCH: 5th May 2018
The Guest Speaker was writer and historian Ruth Dudley Edwards.
Ruth’s crime fiction is noted for its satirical tone. Her recent novel, Killing The Emperors, set in the art world, won the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award in 2013. Her non-fiction book, Aftermath: the Omagh Bombing and the Families’ Pursuit of Justice, published in 2012, was named the Sunday Times Current Affairs Book of the Year and won the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger award for non-fiction. Ruth is a member of The Detection Club and was one of the co-authors of its recent publication, The Sinking Admiral.