The Sisters of Cynvael — Diana Powell
In the arms of the Oak
in the whisper of the River…
Elizabeth 1 has died and with her passes an era. Science promises to shed light where magic and folklore have offered shadows. Mared walks out of step with the changing world. For her the old ways continue to have power and meaning. But her father — minister, soldier, physician and Master of Cynvael — shows little patience with witchcraft and superstition. His eldest daughter should be more like her sister Lizzie, a committed advocate of this new age of reason: biddable, dutiful and easily domesticated.
But Mared begins to suspect there is more to her father than his sermons and his experiments. As she uncovers dark arts as well as dark secrets, Mared must join with Lizzie to find truth in the shadows… and to act.
Reworking the legend of Huw Llwyd, The Sisters of Cynvael blends myth and social commentary in a gripping feast of language and invention.
Diana Powell was born and brought up in Llanelli, South Wales, and studied English at Aberystwyth University. Her stories have been published in journals including The Lonely Crowd, Brittle Star, Dream Catcher, and The Next Review. In 2013, she won the Allen Raine short story award, and in 2014, the PENfro short story competition. In 2016, in addition to her Cinnamon runner-up success, she was short-listed for the Over the Edge New Writer Prize, and long-listed for the Sean O’Faolain. Her PENfro story was included in Secondary Character, an anthology of work produced by the Welsh Short Story Network, published by Opening Chapter. She has also featured in Seren’s online ‘Story of the month’. She now lives with her husband in Pembrokeshire, and is currently working on a novella and a short story collection. She has two sons.