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The Black Madonna of Derby

The Black Madonna of Derby

Author(s): Joanna Czechowska

Location(s): Derby, Krakow, Warsaw

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1960s, 1970s

Three generations of a Polish immigrant family are living in Derby in 1964 when the grandmother decides she wants to return to her homeland to make peace with her relatives and await death. Her war-traumatised daughter remains in Derby while the three grandchildren, all born in England, choose different paths as they attempt to reconcile their dual heritage.

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 6th November 2021