Our Ambassadors' lockdown readings

Iain Glen is the latest of our Link Age Southwark Ambassadors to feature in our series Lockdown Listens. Iain kindly agreed to record himself at home reading Rudyard Kipling's poem 'If'.

About Iain Glen

Iain Glen is a familiar face on television, on stage and in film. He is a versatile actor, appearing in films as diverse as Iron Lady and Resident Evil. Iain often appears on television, with notable roles in Game of Thrones, Doctor Who and Downton Abbey.

Link Age Southwark is very fortunate to have support from a great team of Ambassadors and we have been working with them to produce Lockdown Listens – a series of readings where our actor Ambassadors read a short story or poem. The aim of the readings is to give a morale boost during lockdown. We hope you enjoy these recordings.

Iain Glen’s reading of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘If’

‘If’ is one of the most popular poems of the last century. With its messages of stoicism and humility the poem still offers motivation today, particularly during troubled times.

Lines from the poem are inscribed above the entrance to Centre Court at Wimbledon:

“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same”

The poem encourages us to avoid overconfidence in times of success and to make the best out of challenging situations. It is a timely source of inspiration during lockdown.

Listen to Iain Glen’s reading of the poem and make up your own mind about its advice for difficult times.

If you have any comments about our series Lockdown Listens - let us know!

More Lockdown Listens

Check out our previous Lockdown Listens from some of our other Link Age Southwark Ambassadors.