Latest Newsletter

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 nearer grounds of the Bateman’s estate (including the mill), the parish church and war memorial on Sunday 23 June at 2.00pm, and the AGM on  Wednesday 3 July, after which Dr Howard Booth will speak on ‘E.M. Forster on Rudyard Kipling: fifty years of responses’ (Army & Navy Club, 4.30pm for 5.00pm, and by Zoom 5.00pm). Many other interesting articles and news items are also included.

Past Newsletters


Newsletters are sent by e-mail to members four weeks before each Society meeting, with details of that meeting and other events, reports on past events, and articles on subjects large and small. Past newsletters are available below, each with an item of particular interest highlighted.

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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 text be offered without footnotes and references, peer review, or guidance, in a form that might have been made available to members of the Society fifty years ago. Please click here to read: Kipling and masculinity

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 teachers out there, or other parents, who have similar projects to report, or who plan such, we’d love to hear from you. Please email Mary Hamer on In the past we have run a competition for children’s Just-So  stories. If a number of schools were interested we might consider running it again.  Mary Hamer

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 at least a dozen tales, from “The Finest Story in the World” (1891) to “Unprofessional” (1930) which reflect his fascination with the mysteries of science.

Anderson’s  colleague Gordon R. Dickson calls Kipling  “a master of our art.”

This is the title of an article  by Fred Lerner, who we have recently added to our Profiles in  Kipling Studies. [J.R.]

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 world. The Kiplings  were invited  to his house for  Christmas in 1912 and Kipling  made a present  to his host of  a magnificent atlas of the world.

On many of its pages, Kipling, an inveterate traveller, inscribed lines from his poems which express his feelings for different countries and regions onhe eve of the Great War.

David Richards has written an account of Kipling’s Atlas which is to be found here.