The Girl Who Couldn’t Fly

Another serious fairy tale. This one is inspired by the Kate Rusby album by the same name. Though the title conjures up a beautiful image there is no song about this girl, and I wanted to know about her. And so I wrote a story about her so I’d know. Hope you like it.

Once upon a time, in a kingdom so far away it has since been long forgotten, there was a girl who could not fly. All of the people of the kingdom had the most beautiful feathery wings like those of swans that allowed them to soar high into the clouds, but this girl had been born without them. She had always hoped that she would grow some as she grew older but, as she fast approached womanhood, she began to lose hope. The rest of the kingdom taunted and laughed at her and told her that she should leave, for she was not one of them. The girl had heard of lands far away where no one had any wings at all, but she was too scared to leave her homeland and travel the long and perilous journey on her own. And so she spent her days sitting atop the highest hill in the land, watching wistfully as the people glided and spun to and fro through the sky, casting shadows on the ground at her feet. She tried not to wish that she could join them and simply be content to watch them as they danced through the wind before her. But she couldn’t help but feel a little heartbroken every time she, after losing herself to their graceful flight, remembered that she would never be among them. Continue reading


The Tale of the King and the Orange Girl.

I wrote this not long ago and put it on the blog, but I very quickly took it down because I was convinced it was awful. I also felt a little pretentious putting my writing on a blog where I haven’t before. I have since convinced myself that I should probably put it up here again. I usually write funny fairytales (I may put a few up in future) and this is my first serious one, so I’m a bit nervous about how it’s turned out. I wrote it because I read Oscar Wilde’s “The Happy Prince and Other Tales” (again) – I love how his fairytales are often so sad but really give you an idea of some of the beauty of humanity. Mine is obviously not as good. Anyway, here it is; I hope you enjoy it:

Once upon a time, in a Kingdom far away, there lived a king who never left his castle. He had come to the conclusion long ago that the world was a terrible place, full of hatred and suffering and that he never wished to lay eyes upon it again. And so, though he ruled kindly and fairly, he stayed locked in the dark halls of his home that had long since stopped shining, where no one ever saw him and he saw no one. Continue reading