Diana Powell was born and brought up in Llanelli, South Wales, and studied English at Aberystwyth University.
Her stories have won, or been featured, in a number of competitions, including the ALCS 2020 Tom-Gallon Trust Award (shortlisted), 2019 Chipping Norton Literature Festival Short Story Prize (winner), the 2019 Bedford International Writing Competition (3rd place), and the 2014 PENfro award (winner). In 2016, she was long-listed for the Sean O’Faolain, short-listed for the Over-the-Edge New Writer Prize, and was a runner-up in the Cinnamon Press Award.
Further publications include two Arachne Press Solstice Shorts anthologies; New Short Stories 11 – Willesden Herald; ‘Citizens of Nowhere’ – an anthology of utopic fiction, by Cinnamon Press; ‘Heartland’, containing the winners of the 2019 Penfro competition.
Her novella, ‘Esther Bligh’, was published in 2018 by Holland House Books.
She now lives with her husband in beautiful West Wales and when she is not writing, she works in her woodland garden, or walks on the coast.
Her website is: https://dianapowellwriter.com
TROUBLE CROSSING THE BRIDGE
DUE: July 2020
The characters in these stories, while separated by time, place, age and gender are brought together in this collection, making ‘Trouble Crossing the Bridge’ a melting-pot of personalities, voice, setting and plot
Yet there is an underlying common theme, a surprising cohesion. All the characters have been damaged by life in some way, some by external forces – possessive mothers, abusive fathers masquerading as trolls; some by problems that come from within, whether emotional, psychological or pathological. The different ways in which they respond to these difficulties are at the heart of the stories. And they are as diverse as the individuals themselves…
- Cutting off a mannequin’s hands out of jealousy.
- Steadfastly believing you saw a famous actor tied to the side of a giant white whale, drifting out to sea.
- Needing your husband to see Jesus in a tree…
It is this inventiveness and variety, reflecting the multiplicity of the short story form itself, that makes the book stand out, and enables it to reach out to the widest possible audience.
Chaffinch Press are excited to announce that the first collection of short stories from award winning author, Diana Powell will be published through our imprint – The Collection is slated to appear in April 2020. Diana is already well known to many readers for her unique style, having caught the eye of magazine editors from an early stage.
This is a collection of fifteen stories from Diana that will delight readers