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The Africa Bar

The Africa Bar

Author(s): Nick Maes

Location(s): Zanzibar

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1960s and modern



Zanzibar today, and as it was 40 years ago: seen through the eyes of two women who meet there. Francesca has come hoping for new experience after the break-up of an affair, Carla to revive memories of a long-past, never-spoken of love. Both find what they’re seeking, and become friends.

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This book is a gem. It captures the sights, sounds and smells of Zanzibar beautifully and depicts the fragile relaionship between Carla – an old English woman – and Musa with real skill. I...

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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