Another world-wide session of Kipling readings

On Wednesday 11 May, 18.00 to 20.00 BST, Jan Montefiore led another on-line session of short readings by members (maximum three minutes) from Kipling’s writings, from poems and stories. This session included poems on Soldiers,…

Verse on our Facebook page

After three years of posts titled ‘Verse of the Week’, we have over six hundred followers, though with sharing this multiplies up. On March 20th for example, we had a ‘reach’ of more than six…

In the Kipling Library, April 13th

April 13th 2022 at 1800 BST on Zoom: members joined  Dr Toby Parker, the Society’s Honorary Archivist and John Walker, our Hon. Librarian, in a celebration of rare or unusual books and ephemera to be…

Our March Newsletter

In his Newsletter Mar2022, Mike Kipling gives details of future meeting and reports on past events, including Richard Howell’s account of the development of the Bateman’s Estate as the Kipling’s acquired more land over…

Writing with Kipling
Our new prize for 2022

Following our successful poetry competition, we have been runnung a John McGivering writing competition for fiction or memoir on ‘Animals’. Entries closed on May 1st and are being  judged  by Jan Montefiore, Mary Hamer, and…

After the Facelift

This new WordPress version of the web-site is now running painlessly, as we hope you are finding.  Through Google Analytics we now have a great deal more feedback data. In December we averaged 2120 views…

A Diversity of Kipling

On August 12th/13th 2017, for 24 hours, we mounted a 24 hr reading of Kipling’s works, arranged by John Walker, then Chairman of the Society, which was a splendidly successful occasion. A programme of one-hour…

The John McGivering Poetry Competition

Poems of Travel Joint First Prize: Siobhan Flynn and Peter Sutton      (Almost) Sestina of the Seasoned Traveller BY SIOBHÁN FLYNN I used to make big plans to see it all,…

A Kipling playlist on Spotify

Mike Kipling has put together this Spotify playlist with a selection of Kipling-related music containing both his verses set to music and music inspired by his works. If there is something you know is already…

Rudyard Kipling, a Secret Life

This remarkable documentary first seen in October 2019 on Sky Arts, is now available on DVD. Its main focus is a fresh and revealing exploration of events from Kipling’s grim childhood legacy of neglect and separation,…

Rudyard Kipling

This week’s quotations

(May 22nd to 29th)

From his three hundred and fifty stories and nine hundred poems Kipling has contributed more familiar quotations to our language than anyone  since Shakespeare. Here’s another group of three for you to identify …

  1. The twelve Government elephants rocked at their pickets outside the big mud-walled stables (one arch, as wide as a bridge-arch, to each restless beast), and the mahouts were preparing the evening meal. Now and again some impatient youngster would smell the cooking flour-cakes, and squeal; and the naked little children of the elephant-lines would strut down the row, shouting or commanding silence … The sunset was dying, and the elephants heaved and swayed dead black against the one sheet of rose-red low down in the dusty gray sky.

  2. The huge limbs moved as steadily as pistons, eight feet to each stride, and the wrinkled skin of the elbow-points rustled. The undergrowth on either side of him ripped with a noise like torn canvas, and the saplings that he heaved away right and left with his shoulders sprang back again and banged him on the flank, and great trails of creepers, all matted together, hung from his tusks as he threw his head from side to side and ploughed out his pathway.

  3. …Hathi had been plucking off the roofs of the huts as you pluck water-lilies, and a rebounding beam had pricked him. He needed only this to unchain his full strength, for of all things in the Jungle, the wild elephant enraged is the most wantonly destructive. He kicked backward at a mud wall that crumbled at the stroke, and, crumbling, melted to yellow mud under the torrents of rain. Then he wheeled and squealed, and tore through the narrow streets, leaning against the huts right and left, shivering the crazy doors and crumpling up the eaves…

Here are the sources of these extracts


Past Newsletters

 

Mike Kipling sends out Newsletters every couple of  months, with details of future meetings, reports on events, and articles on subjects large and small.

These are emailed to Members and accessible on this site, as are  past newsletters with mentions of a great many articles and notices:

Any member who is not currently receiving an online copy of the Newsletter and would like their name to be added to the mailing list should email the Membership Secretary, Fiona Renshaw, at ksmemsec@outlook.com