Trouble Crossing The Bridge


The characters in Trouble Crossing the Bridge, along with the others featured in these stories, are separated by time, place, age, gender, and yet they are brought together in this collection, making ‘Trouble Crossing the Bridge’ a melting-pot of personalities, voice, setting, and plot.

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Praise for some of Diana Powell’s stories:

Of ‘Whale Watching’, the ChipLit Prize-winning story, judge Nicholas Royle (author, Reader of Creative Writing at Manchester Writing School, editor of Salt publishing) said: ‘A great setting. A great sense of place. Masterful – I loved it!’

It is this story that has also been shortlisted for the prestigious ALCS Tom-Gallon Trust Award.

Adam Craig, editor at Cinnamon Press, called ‘[W + (D-d)] x TQ/MxNa’ excellent and daring, citing it as an example of how style can describe and inform more than any passage of exposition.

‘…a short story perfectly in tune with itself… Calm, confident and disturbing: a treat to read and re-read’ – judge Maria Donovan, in her adjudication of the PENfro prize.

And Eleanor Dryden, publisher at Headline, in her judge’s comments on the third-placed ‘Miss Bird Catches a Wave’ in the Bedford International Writing competition, called the story startlingly vivid, emotive, fresh, atmospheric… adding that she loved it.

‘…beautifully dark, visceral, fantastical and sumptuously described. This is a disturbing and richly imagined story, and a nightmarish feast for the senses.’ Mimi Gladman, fiction editor at ‘The Blue Nib’ talking about ‘The Cabinet of Immortal Wonders’.


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