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The Seamstress

The Seamstress
  • Author(s): María Dueñas
  • Location(s): Madrid, Morocco, Tétouan (Tetouan)
  • Genre(s): Historical, Romance
  • Era(s): Mid 20th Century WW2

Spain, 1936 and the brink of civil war. Young, poor Sira Quiroga is swept up in a whirlwind romance with her wily love Ramiro. Fleeing Madrid together for Morocco, her love blinds her to his real failings. Soon abandoned,...

Amazir

Amazir
  • Author(s): Tom Gamble
  • Location(s): Morocco
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1930s

An idealistic young Englishman, Harry Summerfield, befriends an American oil explorer in Gibraltar in the 1930s. Their meeting sparks a journey for both men that will take them across Morocco and northern Africa, to encounter the harsh realities of...

The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty

The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty
  • Author(s): Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi, Vendela Vida
  • Location(s): Casablanca
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

“In Vendela Vida’s taut and mesmerizing novel of ideas, a woman travels to Casablanca, Morocco, on mysterious business. While checking into her hotel, the woman is robbed of her wallet and passport-all of her money and identification. Though the...

Shadow of the Rock

Shadow of the Rock
  • Author(s): Thomas Mogford
  • Location(s): Gibraltar, Tangier
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

One humid summer night in Gibraltar, lawyer Spike Sanguinetti arrives home to find an old friend, Solomon Hassan, waiting on his doorstep. Solomon is on the run, accused of a brutal murder in Tangiers. He has managed to skip...

A Beautiful White Cat Walks with Me

A Beautiful White Cat Walks with Me
  • Author(s): Youssef Fadel
  • Location(s): Marrakech
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1980s

Hassan makes a living in his native Marrakesh as a comic writer and performer, through his satirical sketches critical of Morocco’s rulers. Yet when he is suddenly conscripted into a losing war in the Sahara, and drafted to a...

A Betrayal of Heroes

A Betrayal of Heroes
  • Author(s): David Ebsworth
  • Location(s): Africa, France, Morocco
  • Genre(s): Historical, Thriller
  • Era(s): Second World War

‘Swear,’ Leclerc shouted, ‘that you will never lay down your arms until our colours, our beautiful colours, are flying afresh on Strasbourg Cathedral!’ Headstrong newspaperman Jack Telford’s weapon is his pen, but the oath he’s taken at Kufra will...

A Dead Man in Tangier

A Dead Man in Tangier
  • Author(s): Michael Pearce
  • Location(s): Morocco
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Turn of 20th Century

Why is Seymour of Scotland Yard summoned to somewhere so exotic as North Africa? Isn’t the death of a Frenchman there something for the local police? Well, yes and no. The local police are answerable to the International Committee,...

A Rare Blue Bird Flies With Me

A Rare Blue Bird Flies With Me
  • Author(s): Youssef Fadel
  • Location(s): Morocco
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): 1970s and 1990s

A Shimmering Red Fish Swims with Me

A Shimmering Red Fish Swims with Me
  • Author(s): Youssef Fadel
  • Location(s): Casablanca
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1980s

In 1980s Casablanca, Farah arrives from her small town life with big dreams: she wants to sing. She meets Outhman, but he longs to leave the city, to seek his fortune elsewhere. They fall in love, but trouble brews...

Bled Dry

Bled Dry
  • Author(s): Abdelilah Hamdouchi
  • Location(s): Casablanca
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

When a prostitute and her ill-fated lover are killed in a gruesome double murder, seasoned investigator Detective Hanash is called in. The case draws him into Casablanca’s slums, blighted by criminality, religious extremism, and despair. Hanash’s years on the...

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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