A Story For The Diamond Jubilee

Just because I published ‘Red Gloves’, my own anniversary collection, doesn’t mean that I’ve stopped writing short stories. Commissions continue to come in, but between them I sometimes write to amuse myself. In this particular case I dreamt the idea – dreams are usually too illogical and fragmented to be worked into anything else, but ‘The Caterpillar Flag’ worked rather well, so I got up and put it down on paper. Completists (and you know who you are) are welcome to print it out and tuck it into some other book – I can’t imagine it will ever see the light of day anywhere else but here!

© Christopher Fowler June 5th 2012

14 comments on “A Story For The Diamond Jubilee”

  1. Porl says:


  2. stephen groves says:

    Hi Chris,

    I might ,I might not.


  3. Dan Terrell says:

    Very nice.

  4. Dan Terrell says:

    An addition: Been watching the Jubilee and cut away to say: You guys always do this stuff so well. And today’s events are Excellent. Loved the beaver hats being thrust up in the Hip-Hip… Now, if the Olympics come off as well. Oh, and it’s nice to see the Queen in an open vehicle; never see that here, not since Dalles. A shame. Congrats.

  5. Vickie says:


    And there within was “diurnal,” a word I had only recently come across once prior, while reading a little tome about the life of hedgehogs.

    Thank you for imagining/writing/sharing this great story. Two thumbs up!

  6. Misha says:

    Loved it. Refreshing and delightful.

  7. Mike Cane says:

    Wonderful little tale. Well done, Chris.

  8. Helen Martin says:

    Not a completist but I made a copy. Very nice, indeed. Thank you.

  9. Amy says:

    I think the second paragraph might be one of the best descriptions of time and place I’ve ever read. Just being honest, not sucking up.

  10. Stephen says:

    Loved the line ‘the last of the nuns had died of disappointment in 1973…”

  11. glasgow1975 says:

    thanks for our Jubilee present 🙂

  12. Gary Power says:

    Ta for that Chris…you’re a Diamond ‘Jubilee’ Geezer!

  13. Amy says:

    @Stephen, I liked that line very much, too. It said so much about the place with so few words. That’s also a very special year to me, so the mention of it made me smile. 😀

  14. andrea yang says:

    very nice!

    I kept waiting for it to take a dark turn since I just read your Red Gloves book, shame on me!

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