Jottings from the Editors Desk

Our last meeting was certainly a success, despite a move to a temporary location. Thanks to Ian Claridge, who not only organised the event, but borrowed the projector and returned it after the meeting. The meeting room was smaller than our usual one, and we filled quite well. Dr Philip Holberton gave us a well [...]

Corespondence from The Kipling Society Australia website

Name: David Leslie Kipling email: Phone: 08 93629545 Enquiry: Do you know whether there exists a family tree of Rudyard? I am relatively new to his work and noticed that he has a remarkable resemblense to my grandfather – Arthur Kipling who died in 1965 – aged 77. I actually had an Uncle Rudyard [...]


Each newsletter we will try and review a book about Kipling, preferably the less well known Rudyard Kipling… a New Hilton Brown. First published in August 1945 by Hamish Hamilton London. Hilton Brown was a well known author of Prose and poetry in the 30’s and 40,s, with a good general knowledge of India, [...]

Kipling and THE LAW

Most of us remember the verse in the Recessional “lesser breeds without the Law” so avidly seized upon by Left wing critics (and there are not many other literary critics) as evidence of RK’s bias against less fortunate people. However the idea of the Law in some of the more popular of RK’s writings is [...]

BRIEF ENCOUNTERS: Literary Travellers in Australia

Susannah Fullerton, Picador, $34.99 Rudyard Kipling was not an assertive lover – his ‘romances’ with women were hesitant, rather confused and he was invariably attracted to older, bossy women who told him what to do. His favourite method of dealing with a romance that was growing complicated, was to flee from it. This is what [...]


Philip Holberton In Something of Myself, Kipling writes: “Swinburne did not strike my very young mind as ‘anything in particular’ till I read Atalanta in Calydon, and one verse of verses which exactly set the time for my side-stroke when I bathed in the big rollers off the Ridge. As thus:- Who shall seek – [...]

RK’s translation of a Horace Ode into a Devonshire dialect

Donec Gratus Eram (Horace Book III, No.9) HE So long as ‘twuz me alone An’ there wasn’t no other chaps, I was praoud as a King on ‘is throne Happier tu, per’aps. SHE So long as ‘twuz only I An’ there wasn’t no other she Yeou cared for so much – surely I was glad [...]

Eddi’s Service (A.D. 687)

EDDI, priest of St. Wilfrid In his chapel at Manhood End, Ordered a midnight service For such as cared to attend. But the Saxons were keeping Christmas, And the night was stormy as well. Nobody came to service, Though Eddi rang the bell. ‘Wicked weather for walking,’ Said Eddi of Manhood End. ‘But I must [...]