The John McGivering Kipling Writing Prize 2022

Following our successful poetry competition this year, we are launchimg a writing competition for 2022, for fiction memoir or travel, on ‘Animals’. The competition will be judged by Jan Monefiore, Mary Hamer, and Sarah LeFanu….

Another World-wide reading session

Our next world-wide reading session on zoom for Kipling Society members is on Wednesday December 8th at 18.00 GMT (doors open from 17.45.) If you would like to read a poem or some lines from…

The February Meeting

Wednesday, 9 February 2022 5.30pm for 6.00 pm – at the Royal Overseas League and on zoom.  Richard Howell on ‘One Spot Beloved Over All’ – The Kiplings and the Bateman’s Estate.’ In September 1902…

The April Meeting

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

A Facelift for the Web-site

Over the past year we have been reviewing and extending the web-site and New Readers’ Guide, before transferring it to the WordPress platform on November 8th, which has many technical and editorial advantages. Since 2001…

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,…

Newsletter

Mike Kipling’s October  Newsletter gives details of our forthcoming  meetings, and includes  the next part of the extended article by Tonie and Valmai Holt on  “Coincidences in the careers of Kipling and Bruce…

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

(Nov 29th to Dec 5th)

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 a group of three for you to identify …

  1. Swiftly the light gathered itself together, painted for an instant the faces and the cart-wheels and the bullocks’ horns as red as blood. Then the night fell, changing the touch of the air, drawing a low, even haze, like a gossamer veil of blue, across the face of the country, and bringing out, keen and distinct, the smell of wood-smoke and cattle and the good scent of wheaten cakes cooked on ashes.

  2. Immediately below him the hillside fell away, clean and cleared for fifteen hundred feet, where a little village of stone-walled houses, with roofs of beaten earth, clung to the steep tilt. All round it the tiny terraced fields lay out like aprons of patchwork on the knees of the mountain, and cows no bigger than beetles grazed between the smooth stone circles of the threshing-floors..

  3. As the light beat across my face my fore-wheels took the turf of a great still lawn from which sprang horsemen ten feet high with levelled lances, monstrous peacocks, and sleek round-headed maids of honour—YELLOW, black, and glistening—all of clipped yew. Across the lawn—the marshalled woods besieged it on three sides—stood an ancient house of lichened and weather-worn stone, with mullioned windows and roofs of rose-red tile.

Here are the sources of these extracts


Past Newsletters

We send 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 a mention of some of a great many articles and notices: