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Queen Idia's Africa: Ten Short Stories

by Cordelia Salter with a foreword by Zeinab Badawi

Africa is rich and the global superpower. The West is poor, corrupt and relies on aid from Africa. How do Africans feel about the swarms of illegal European migrants attempting the perilous sea crossing in the hope of a better life in Africa? In the foreword by Zeinab Badawi, Chair of the Royal African Society, points out that by reversing the roles, the stories make us think about what things could have been like if the boot had been on the other foot. How would Africa respond to droughts, famines and rebel warfare in North America? Could there have been apartheid the other way round? The stories examine many of the challenges faced by the aid and development industry – but the other way round.

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Between 2009 and 2012 cordelia.net organized the Rome Short Story Competition and published the top seven stories in annual collections:


7 Stories About Italian Women - 2011-2012


7 Food Stories From Rome - 2010


7 Stories From Rome - 2009

In 1983 Palm Press, Cairo published my Quick Guide to Khan El Khalili, the first guidebook to cover that area of Cairo in depth. In 2009 it was updated and published for Kindle:



A Quick Guide to Khan El Khalili, Cairo, Egypt