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Author(s): Margaret Lindsay Holton

Location(s): Beamsville, Grimsby (Ontario), Hamilton, Niagara Falls, Ontario, St Catharines

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1750 to 2001



Starting in the mid 1750s, three very diverse young men arrive to the southern shore of Lake Ontario to start new lives. Thomas Hartford, a young British foot soldier is the first of the three to admire the magnificent Niagara Falls. Over time, Irishman Paddy O’Sullivan and Sicilian Franco Di Angelo arrive, marry, produce progeny, and soon settle down in the beautiful wine-making region of Niagara. By the mid 1960s, their head-strong descendants intersect over their conflicting desires for land, lust and loot. When a murder occurs, many long-held family secrets unravel and reveal startling truths.

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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