Rudyard Kipling - Something of Myself

This is the story of Kipling's life, presented in the first person, based where possible on his autobiography 'Something of Myself' and interspersed with a selection of dramatic readings of his poetry, selected from the following:-
It recounts his early years, his traumatic childhood years spent in Southsea, his time in India as a reporter, his marriage to his best friend's sister, and the tragic loss of his son John in the Great War, and the earlier loss of his eldest daughter Josephine.
  • Army Headquarters
  • Ballad of East and West
  • Boots
  • Danny Deever
  • Eddi's Service
  • Epitaphs of the Great War
  • Fuzzy Wuzzy
  • Gentlemen Rankers
  • Gethsemane
  • Gunga Din
  • If
  • Mesopatamia
  • Minesweepers
  • My Boy Jack
  • My Rival
  • Six Honest Serving Men
  • Recessional
  • The Betrothed
  • The Female of the Species
  • The Glory of the Garden
  • The Ladies
  • The Law of the Jungle
  • The Nativity
  • The River's Tale
  • The Road to Mandalay
  • The Sergeant's Weddin'
  • The Smuggler's Song
  • The Song of the Galley Slaves
  • The Thousandth Man
  • Tommy
  • The Way Through The Woods
  • When Earth's Last Picture Is Painted
  • "We were visibly moved by the whole presentation told by a wonderful storyteller and we were sorry that it had to end" - Tylney Luncheon Club Aug'08

    "What a treat! .. murmurs of disappointment that it was finished went round the hall." - Farnham Town Women's Guild Jan'09

    "We greatly enjoyed your professional performance .." - Woking U3A Feb'09

    "Carried off with great aplomb!  .... interspersing his life story by enacting his many poems - including 'Gunga Din' and 'If', this has become one of the most unusual ways of capturing our interest" - Hannington WI Mar'10

    "You came highly recommended and you did not disappoint us.... we held on to your every word for nearly an hour and enjoyed every minute" - North Waltham WI - Sep'10

    "Received a standing ovation" - Twynham Probus Jul'14

    "Even by the high standards of the speakers we book, last month's presentation on Rudyard Kipling by Jonathan Jones was extraordinarily good and we recommend it highly to other groups. In period costume and in the first person he told the story of the writer's life and delivered a wide range of his poetry. Many of our members were visibly moved." - Southbourne Literary Society - Sep'14

    "Thank you again for the tour de force with which you entertained us this afternoon. I have rarely seen the membership so enthused." - Bournemouth Literary Luncheon Society Feb'16

    The presentation was exceptional both in content and delivery. You held the audience spellbound and, dare I say it, eating out of your hand! ...  I have received many complimentary remarks from several of the members expressing their view that you are an “exceptional speaker”. -  New Milton Probus - Mar'16

    “provided us with an inspirational hour of recitations ..... taking us through emotional highs and lows .... the poetry recitations were truly amazing; his entire talk was from memory” - Sherborne Womens Fellowship May'16

    "Haddenham U3A were very appreciative of your performance as Rudyard Kipling. People were spellbound; they loved the poems and of course found out a lot about the man" - Haddenham U3A Mar'17
    Click to hear the poem being read.
    It runs for 45 minutes but can be extended to an hour if required.
    I have now delivered over 120 performances of Kipling - His Life & Poetry.
    In 2010, I had the great pleasure of performing it at Bateman's, in the village of Burwash in East Sussex, which was Kipling's home for the last half of his life and which is now a National Trust property.
    If you wish, you may book this talk/performance, or if you have any queries then please contact me.