'Mr. Alexander Pablo Adrover' by C.J. Nye (detail)

‘Mr. Alexander Pablo Adrover’ by C.J. Nye (detail)

This was Chiedza’s first catwalk and she was pregnant with anxiety. The roar of the crowd like a thousand bees in her brain pummelled through the skin curtains leading to the great hall and the runway that bisected it.

“Chiedza! You’re on in two!” yelled Bardinko in her ear link; an apoplectic little man who ran the backstage and seemed to always be on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

“You’ll be just fine Chiedza, you’re gorgeous,” said Mamewata, with a big smile and hug.

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Ivor W. Hartmann is a Zimbabwean writer, editor, publisher, visual artist, and author of Mr. Goop (Vivlia, 2010). He was nominated for the UMA Award (‘Earth Rise’, 2009), awarded The Golden Baobab Prize (‘Mr. Goop’, 2009), finalist for the Yvonne Vera Award (‘A Mouse Amongst Men’, 2011), and selected for The 20 in Twenty: The Best Short Stories of South South Africa’s Democracy (A Mouse Amongst Men, July 2014). His writing has appeared in African Writing Magazine, Wordsetc, Munyori Literary Journal, Something Wicked, The Apex Book of World SF V2, and other publications. He runs the StoryTime micro-press, publisher of the African Roar annual anthologies and AfroSF, and is on the advisory board of Writers International Network Zimbabwe.

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