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Our March 2024 Newsletter provides details of our next meeting on Wednesday 17 April at 6.00pm at which David Alan Richards, President of the Kipling Society, will relate ‘The Story of my Kipling collection’….

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…

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This week’s quotations

April 21st to 27th

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. ‘Be quick,’ said Athira; and Suket Singh was quick; but Athira was quick no longer. Then he lit the pile at the four corners and climbed on to it, re-loading the gun. The little flames began to peer up between the big logs atop of the brushwood.

    ‘The Government should teach us to pull the triggers with our toes,’ said Suket Singh grimly to the moon.

  2. I slid from the boom into deep water, and behind me came the wave of the wrath of the river. I heard its voice and the scream of the middle part of the bridge as it moved from the piers and sank, and I knew no more till I rose in the middle of the great flood. I put forth my hand to swim, and lo! it fell upon the knotted hair of the head of a man. He was dead, for no one but I, the Strong One of Barhwi, could have lived in that race.

  3. From the black dark, Bisesa held out her arms into the moonlight. Both hands had been cut off at the wrists, and the stumps were nearly healed.

    Then, as Bisesa bowed her head between her arms and sobbed, some one in the room grunted like a wild beast, and something sharp – knife, sword, or spear, thrust at Trejago in his boorka.

Here are the sources of these extracts

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