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Our June 2024 Newsletter provides details of future events including: a Zoom session of  short readings from Kipling’s poetry or prose on Thursday 20 June at 6.00pm,  a walking tour of Burwash taking in the…

Kipling and masculinity: “But a good cigar is a smoke”

At our meeting on 22nd November, John Walker offered a talk intended to spark discussion. In the event, the online system faltered and he had to shorten his argument. He has asked that the original…

Kipling teaching children how to write

At the Society we have been  delighted to be approached recently by a teacher whose Year Five pupils have been excited by the Just-So stories and are now writing their own. If there are other…

Kipling as a Science Fiction writer

Poul Anderson, a leading American science fiction writer, wrote of Kipling: “He is for everyone who responds to vividness, word magic, sheer storytelling. Most readers go on to discover the subtleties and profundities.”  There are…

Kipling’s Atlas

When Max Aitken, the future Lord Beaverbrook,  came to England from Canada in 1910, one of the first people he made friends with was Rudyard Kipling, the most widely read author in the English speaking…

The John McGivering Writing Prize 2023 – Results

Janet Montefiore  writes:  Competitors were invited to submit poems about war for this year’s John McGivering Writing Prize, with an accompanying competition for Younger Writers. 61 poems, and 6 from younger writers were submitted and…

Discussion: ‘The Light that Failed’

On Thursday 20th April at 6pm there was an online meeting to discuss Kipling’s The Light That Failed, his first novel and an intriguing tale of unrequited love, art, war and male comradery. Unfortunately the…

Rudyard Kipling

This week’s quotations

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. ‘We saw the twinkle of night-fires all along the guard towers, and the line of the black catapults growing smaller and smaller in the distance. All these things we knew till we were weary; but that night they seemed very strange to us, because the next day we knew we were to be their masters.’

  2. …(he) said to me: “Serve Caesar. You are not canvas I can cut to advantage at present. But if you serve Caesar you will be obeying at least some sort of law.” He talked as though I were a barbarian. Weak as I was, I could have snapped his back with my bare hands. I told him so. “I don’t doubt it,” he said. “But that is neither here nor there … what concerns you now is that, by taking service, you will be rid from the fear that has ridden you all your life…”

  3. “You can tell your mates that even in that place, at that time, hanging on the wet, weedy edge of death, our Bishop, a Christian, counselled me, a heathen, to stand by my fathers’ Gods. I tell you now that a faith which takes care that every man shall keep faith, even though he may save his soul by breaking faith, is the faith for a man to believe in.”

Here are the sources of these extracts


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