The Margery Allingham Society

From The Glue Works

The newsletter of the Margery Allingham Society

No.29 - November 2011

Future Programme
26 November 2011: Winter lunch - we are organising a lunch for any members who may be in the London area on this Saturday. It will just be a get together and chat – perhaps a break from Christmas Shopping or before a matinee or film. We have booked a table for 1pm at The Albany, 240 Great Portland Street W1W 5QU ( Anyone who is interested and has not yet let us know, please contact Jo or Lesley by 18th November as we need to let the restaurant know the final numbers.
March 2012: Essex Book Fair - A presentation by the Chairman about Margery Allingham’s East Anglia, both in her life and her work. Date and time TBA.
19 May 2012: AGM and Birthday Lunch, with Mavis Cheek as our guest speaker. She is a great Allingham fan and Geraldine Perriam assures us that she writes very amusing novels.
One of the other two events will, we hope, be a walk around The Tiger in the Smoke territory, to mark the sixtieth birthday of the novel. Roger Johnson has agreed to consider conducting this and has been invited to say whether he would prefer the July slot or the October one.
Whichever Roger does not opt for will be the slot for a talk about Staffordshire china, to mark the fiftieth birth of The China Governess, first published in the USA in 1962.
Biography of Albert Campion
The material for the biography has been assembled. It needs tidying up and classification under chapter headings. A list of these will be drawn up and circulated as soon as possible. If you’d like to write a chapter or chapters, do please say so.
So far as the database is concerned, this is very much an on-going project and we welcome further contributions.
Excluding Marianne van Hoeven from the reckoning, the Committee now consists of six, with Ann Doubleday as a recent seventh appointee. She will be elected formally at the next AGM. We thank her for coming onto the strength and look forward to working with her. Should anyone else like to consider joining us, please do say.
The Oaken Heart
The Oaken Heart is still selling well and Golden Duck have paid back the loan in its entirety. We are exceedingly proud of this success.
Bottle Street Gazette
The journal remains healthy but there is always ‘room for more’. Do, please, consider contributing to the Gazette. All editors dread the day when there is nothing in the ‘next issue’ folder. It has been remarked in the past that Allingham Society members do not write letters to their journal. Let us know what you think about the issues raised. No-one commented on Pip’s last fragmentary novel or about the previously unpublished stories. Please – we would like to hear from you.
The Web Site
Would anyone be interested in helping with the website? Lesley is having difficulty finding the time to keep the News, Forthcoming Events and Past Events pages up to date. No special software is required nor do you have to be a coding expert as long as you are reasonably computer literate.
Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes
Anthony Horowitz, author of the new Sherlock Holmes novel The House of Silk, will be in conversation with Roger Johnson at the Conference Centre, British Library on Sunday 27 Nov 2011, 14.30 – 16.00. Further information is available from the British Library, (Box Office: 01937 546546,
Dr Jennifer Palmer will also be giving a talk on Sherlock Holmes next March at the Portico Library in Manchester. Further details as they are announced.
New Books
Two of our members have new books published in November. Roger Johnson’s In the Night – Tales of Ghosts and Less-Welcome Visitors (MX Publishing, ISBN 978-1780920504) is a collection of his short stories, one of which won an award from the Dracula Society. Julia Jones’ adventure story A Ravelled Flag (Golden Duck (UK), ISBN 978-1899262052) is the sequel to The Salt-Stained Book. Will Donny, Anna and their friends find Anna’s mother? Both The Salt-Stained Book and A Ravelled Flag are also available on Kindle.
Chairman Hon. Secretary Membership Secretary
Barry Pike Jo Hesslewood Lesley Simpson
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