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March 9, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Opening the Archives: Margery Allingham


    Albert Sloman Library, University of Essex, Wivehoe Park
    Colchester, CO4 3SQ
    Booking essential (limited spaces)

    1.30-2.00pm Arrival & Tea/Coffee
    2.00-2.10pm Welcome – Dr Jordan Savage, University of Essex
    2.10-2.30pm Introduction to Margery Allingham Archive (Archivist)

    You are invited to a personal introduction and exclusive glimpse into one of the University of Essex’s special collections, the Margery Allingham/Philip Youngman Carter Collection.

    This archive, relating to the life and work of the eminent crime writer Margery Allingham and her husband Philip Youngman Carter, has been placed on permanent loan in the Library by the Margery Allingham Society.

    Margery Allingham is one our most cherished Essex authors. Born in Ealing in 1904, she grew up in Layer Breton, was educated in Colchester and Cambridge, and lived most of her adult life in Tolleshunt D’Arcy. She wrote her first novel at 19, and in 1929 (in the novel The Crime at Black Dudley) introduced one of the most famous characters in detective fiction, Albert Campion.

    From the 1930s to the 1960s Margery Allingham became, along with Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers and Ngaio Marsh, one of the most distinguished writers of detective fiction’s “Golden Age”, publishing a steady stream of Campion novels, many with an East Anglian setting. She died in Colchester in 1966.

    Come along and find out more about Margery Allingham and this special collection; 23 metres of archival material and artwork, and around 200 copies of various editions of Margery Allingham’s works. In addition to original manuscripts copies of most of Allingham’s books and stories, correspondence and administrative papers, the collection also includes a large number of paintings and drawings by Youngman Carter, one time editor of The Tatler, who designed the dust-jackets for many of his wife’s books (pictured above).

    This event opens our Crime & Punishment Symposium on Friday 9 March, and is a little taster of our Golden Age of Crime weekend on 10 & 11 March in Southend on Sea.



    This event is part of Essex Book Festival’s Crime & Punishment Symposium, taking place at the University of Essex. The symposium is a collaboration between Essex Book Festival, the Department of Literature, Theatre, and Film Studies (LiFTS) and the Centre for Criminology

    Over the last three years Essex Book Festival, Essex Libraries, University of Essex and English PEN have collaborated on a series of creative writing workshops, Writing on the Inside, for prisoners in HMP/YOI Chelmsford. It was a hugely valuable experience for all concerned. We are hosting a Crime and Punishment Symposium to share this experience with a wider audience, and to debate a variety of issues and challenges for offenders and their families.

    Full Programme:

    1.30 -2.30pm
    Opening the Archives: Margery Allingham
    Free, booking essential

    2.45 – 4.00pm:
    Writing on the Inside
    Free, booking essential

    4.15 – 5.30pm:
    Transitions and Integrations: Inside and ‘the Out’
    Free, booking essential

    7.30pm: Author Talk
    Erwin James: Redeemable – A Memoir of Darkness and Hope
    £7 / £5 (27yrs and under)


    Albert Sloman Library
    University of Essex, Wivehoe Park
    Colchester, CO4 3SQ

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