Jottings from the Editors Desk

Our August meeting in the rebuilt church hall featured an excellent talk by Naren Menon, reported on later in this newsletter. We are indeed fortunate in the calibre of our speakers. Naren was accompanied by his wife, and we hope to see her as well at our future meetings. I am indebted to our indefatigable [...]

Corespondence from The Kipling Society Australia website

Name: Kristy email: Enquiry: My name is kirsty and I have a sub teacher at school who went on about Rudyard’s past and accused me of being related to a racist man. My dad feels that this is a myth. Was Rudyard a racist?   Hi Kirsty, You bear a famous name, and have [...]

Westward Ho!

Westward Ho! where Kipling went to school was called after Charles Kingsley’s novel. Some developers decided to create a new resort which would cash in on the fame of the book, but it wasn’t a success (it was on the wrong, north, coast of Devon, exposed to all the Atlantic weather). Which is why in [...]

Son of Empire

Written by Nella Braddy, illustrated by Heade. Printed in 1945 by Wm Collins Sons London. This is one of the earliest Kipling biographies, written for the teenage market, but although simplistic, it is surprisingly readable. Nella’s writing is imaginative, and amusing, and very relevant. When she is comparing Kipling’s soldiers, Mulvaney, Learoyd etc with the [...]

Kipling and India: Naren Menon

Naren Menon’s talk on India and RK was memorable, not only in his delivery, he mixed humour with hard facts, and with many quotations, but also in its scope, and his use of unfamiliar sources. Naren quoted from a blog by Ms Atoorva Sinha-a blue dot for thoughts, an article in the Times of India [...]

My Boy Jack? The Search for Kipling’s Onlu Son

By Tonie & Valmai Holt. Reviewed by John Faulkner This review is written on the assumption that its readers will have some knowledge of Kipling’s life and career; so on that basis… This is not an easy book to review and read as it consists of three, perhaps four parts, some of which overlap. There [...]

A Tree Song (A.D. 1200)

Of all the trees that grow so fair, Old England to adorn, Greater than none beneath the sun, Than Oak and Ash, and Thorn. Sing Oak, and Ash, and Thorn, good sirs, (All of a Midsummer morn!) Surely we sing no lttle thing, In Oak, and Ash, and Thorn! Oak of the Clay lived many [...]