The Margery Allingham Society

From The Glue Works

The newsletter of the Margery Allingham Society

No.33 - September 2013

Chairman's Retirement
Members will be sad to learn that Barry Pike, announced at the AGM that he would be standing down from the Chairman’s role with effect from the 2015 AGM (after 17 years as Editor of the Bottle Street Gazette and almost that time as Chairman). His retirement heralds a new era for the Society and we must now start the search for a new Chair with a view to having a handover period. If you are interested or have any suggestions, please do let Jo know.
Forthcoming Events
Please note that, due to circumstances beyond our control, the dates of the Tiger Walk and the AGM/Birthday Lunch have had to be changed.
Tiger Walk
The Tiger in the Smoke walk will now take place on 26th October 2013. This walk, which will be led by Jennifer Palmer, covers the area around Paddington and a little beyond in which most of the action in the book takes place. We will also pass locations Margery used in More Work for the Undertaker and other books set in the Paddington and Bayswater area.
We will meet for coffee at 11 a.m. at Paddington Station, at the top of the escalator by the Paddington Bear statue, and start the first part of the walk from the concourse opposite platform 5 at 11.30. After lunch at Smith’s Bar and Grill, we will continue with a gentle stroll further afield. Please complete and return the attached form to Jo Hesslewood by Wednesday 6th October.
Winter Lunch
This will be on Saturday 30 November at the usual venue, The Albany, Great Portland Street, London, starting at 12 noon. If you would like to join us, please indicate this on the attached form.
The Annual General Meeting and Birthday Lunch
These will be held on Saturday 24 May 2014, a change from the date given at the 2013 AGM. Further information will be circulated closer to the time.
At the AGM there was support for the idea of a convention to be held in September 2014 or possibly 2015. We really need a minimum of 20 people, before it is viable, so please indicate on the enclosed form if you think you would be likely to attend.
It would greatly relieve Lesley’s and Barry’s workloads if people would volunteer to write up the events for the website and/or the Gazette. The website needs two or three sentences summarizing the event while the Gazette reports should be up to a page. Please indicate on the form if you would like to do this for the Tiger walk or the Winter lunch.
We now have a Facebook page. Please search for The Margery Allingham Society and like the page or leave a comment. It will mostly be used to share links to reviews and articles and, hopefully, will bring the Society to a wider audience.
Short Story Competition
As advised in the last Glueworks, the Society is collaborating with the Crime Writers Association in running a Short Story Competition.
Short Story Competition Launch
The CWA are launching the competition at the Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival on 17th September at 2 p.m., during a discussion between John Harvey and Stella Duffy on Crime, Mystery and the Short Story, chaired by Alison Joseph, Chair of the CWA. Tickets can be purchased by calling 020 8511 7900 or on-line at
Readers Needed
The Society needs to provide three readers to sift through the entries and rate them by a given set of criteria: prose quality; plot originality; plot execution; narrative voice; plausibility and good read factor. We cannot tell at this point how many stories will be submitted, but the readers will need commit to reading and assessing all the stories by March 2014. All communication will be electronic, so the readers will need to have email access. Please contact Mary Anderson if you would be interested in being a reader.
Publishing News
Mr. Campion"s Farewell
We are very pleased to hear that Mr. Campion’s Farewell has been picked up by publisher Severn House for a mainstream release. It is due to be published in the first two months of 2014. Meanwhile Youngman Carter’s two Campion novels, Mr Campion’s Farthing and Mr Campion’s Falcon will be published by Ostara in September, bringing the books back into print in the UK for the first time in over 30 years and as e-books for the first time.
Non-Campion E-Books
While Vintage have been steadily issuing the Campion novels as e-books, it is heartening to see Margery’s non-Campion novels and novellas also being digitally published for the first time by Bloomsbury Reader. Blackkerchief Dick and The White Cottage Mystery were published in October 2011. These have been successful enough to be followed by , and No Love Lost, in August 2013. Harper Collins have also reissued Six Against the Yard, the Detection Club anthology to which Margery contributed.
Audio Books
We are, at last, getting unabridged audiobooks of Margery’s works thanks to Most of these are read by David Thorpe, except for Blackkerchief Dick which is read by William Gaminara, while Death of a Ghost and Black Plumes are reissues of the Francis Matthews recordings.
The Tiger in the Smoke
The Folio Society have produced a lovely new edition of The Tiger in the Smoke with an introduction by Alexander McCall Smith and illustrations by Finn Campbell-Notman. More details and some of the illustrations can be seen at
Regent Streeet Polytechnic Cinema Seat
The University of Westminster, formerly the Regent Street Polytechnic, attended by both Margery Allingham and her future husband Pip Youngman Carter, is restoring the Regent Street Cinema which hosted the first public showing of moving pictures to a paying audience in 1896. This is the theatre where Margery and her classmates wrote and performed. It was agreed at the 2013 AGM that the Society would sponsor a seat in the Cinema, funded from Joyce Allingham’s legacy, with the inscription

Margery Allingham

Queen of Crime
The Bottle Street Gazette
We have mentioned before the need for additional help with the editing/preparation of the Gazette for printing. It is not a huge task: the Gazette is only published twice a year and some elements of the work (e.g. the proof reading) are already covered. However, it is now a matter of some concern and if anyone does feel able to get involved this would be a great help. Please contact Lesley for further information.
The University of Westminster are participating in this year’s Open House event on Saturday 21st September 2013. This is your chance to explore the building where Margery and Pip studied, wrote, painted, designed and performed plays. A group of us enjoyed the tour in 2010; it is a fascinating building.
Chairman Hon. Secretary Treasurer Membership Secretary
Barry Pike Jo Hesslewood Mary Anderson Lesley Simpson
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