Kipling Festival Rottingdean

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Rudyard Kipling lived here in the village with his young family from 1897-1902, days he fondly remembered as “jam-smeared, peaceful times when the work came easily and fully.”

Kipling not only had the magic touch with his most famous children’s tales, (The Jungle Book and The Just So Stories) he was a master poet and an unrivalled short story writer who, by the time he lived at The Elms, was already the best known author in the English speaking world.

From July 10-20th, 2014, the Village Green will be alive with celebrations of this timeless storyteller, the pied piper of Sussex-by-the-Sea.

Kipling Festival Rottingdean

Poster by Amanda Davidson, 2014


On July 10th “Inspired by Kipling” opens at The Grange Art Gallery. This exhibition will feature local artists and youngsters creating their own drawings, paintings, sculpture and writing in response to Kipling’s brilliant range of work. Runs until July 22nd.

Saturday July 12th – The Village Green will host a full schedule of events ranging from storytelling to a vintage market to a recreation of Kipling’s Youth Club teaching Morse, semaphore and marksmanship, to tours of the historic village and Kipling Gardens, to a chance to dress up and have your photo taken in Edwardian elegance.
In the evening there will be a Jungle Book themed party for the little ones at the Village Hall.

Sunday, July 13th – The Village Green will again host readings and storytelling and in the afternoon there will be Edwardian games for the youngsters and a Tea Dance for the grown ups.

SPECIAL FEATURE – on both Saturday and Sunday at 12pm there will be readings by historian/actor Geoff Hutchinson as Rudyard Kipling Himself!

SPECIAL FEATURE – In the afternoons of both Saturday and Sunday at 3pm JUST SO! a brand new play for the whole family based on the beloved tales of ‘How Things Came to Be in the High and Far Off Times When the World was so New and All’ will be performed in Kipling Gardens.

JULY 14th to 19th – will see literary events with an appearance by Judith Flanders, author of Circle of Sisters speaking about Alice MacDonald, Kipling’s mother and her extraordinary family, and Dr. Lizzy Welby of the Kipling Society speaking on Kipling and the Sussex inspiration for Puck of Pook’s Hill, as well as a special book group “Rottingdean Reads” discussing one of Kipling’s most highly regarded short stories.

Tickets are now on sale at The Grange Art Gallery and The Open Art Cafe.

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