Margery Allingham Centenary Celebrations
Margery Allingham's was born on 20 May 1904 and last month we could celebratr the hundredth anniversary of her birth.
I was impressed by the activity of her fans:
A celebratory collection of essays by distinguished writers and members of the Margery Allingham Society was published (Contributors:
Catherine Aird, Robert Barnard, Richard Cheffins, Catherine Cooke, Natasha Cooper, Martin Edwards, Nicholas Fuller, Roger Johnson, Julia Jones (Thorogood), H.R.F. Keating, Margaret Kinsman, Stephen Leadbeatter, Oriel Malet, Jessica Mann, Tony Medawar, Sara Paretsky, Geraldine Perriam, Susan Peters, B.A. Pike, Shirley Purves, B.J. Rahn, Susan Rowland, Jennifer Schofield, Michelle Spring, John Sweetman, Frank Swinnerton, Andrew Taylor, June Thomson, Marianne van Hoeven and Margaret Yorke)
Centenary Exhibition at Barbican Library,5-29 May and additional material is on display at Shoe Lane Library, Little New Street, London EC4.
8 June-22 August at Manor House Museum, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
and 1 Sept - 31 Oct -Chelmsford Museum, Oaklands Park, Chelmsford, Essex
On 20 May 2004: Centenary Day - Sara Paretsky unveiled a Commemorative Plaque on the former London home of Margery Allingham - Hurlingham House, 1 Westbourne Terrace Road, Little Venice. In the evening a reception was held at the University Women's Club to celebrate Margery Allingham's 100th birthday.
On 22 May 2004 A special lunch was held at the University Women's Club, to celebrate the centenary of Margery Allingham's birth. On display was the Diamond Dagger - the Crime Writers' Association annual award for lifetime achievement. Members enjoyed a splendid three-course lunch, followed by coffee and birthday cake. Guest speaker Sara Paretsky (Diamond Dagger winner 2002) spoke of Allingham's influence on her work, and gave an appreciation of the novels.
On 27 May 2004: Lecture at the National Portrait Gallery
Dr Susan Rowland (author of From Agatha Christie to Ruth Rendell) gave a lecture on Margery Allingham, as part of the Gallery's "Lunctime Lectures" series. On display in the gallery were photos of Margery Allingham, Philip Youngman Carter and their circle
4 November 2004: Publication of new editions of Margery Allingham's novels