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Great stories are found in unexpected human contact, not online – Rahla Xenopoulos

Rahla Xenopoulos

How is the online world depriving us of great storytelling? Do you think we can’t find good stories online? Why is truth so important in good storytelling? Should brands apply the same principles to their storytelling?

TribeAt the 2015 Digital Edge Live conference, African adverising mouthpiece Adlip sat down with writer Rahla Xenopoulos to ask these important questions.

“I think, as human beings, we are losing one another. We’re losing the connection that we need to have with one another to find great stories,” Xenopoulos says.

“I think you find the great stories in the eye contact you get with the man who sells homeless talk on the side of the road; you find the great stories in the coincidental account you have with the woman who packs your groceries at Pick n Pay.

“It’s unexpected meetings, where you have communication, where you find unexpected great stories.”

However, she is not dismissive of all time spent online. The author goes on to say that she believes there are aspects of great stories online, vignettes even, but warns that real inspiration can only really be found “with one another”.

Xenopoulos’s latest book, Tribe, was published by Umuzi last year. In this video, she explains how the book highlights the negative side of our ever-expanding digital addiction and how it offers a possible solution to the problem.

“We need to disconnect in order to be human, and in order to connect. The book I brought out now is very much about a group of people who are trying to connect in a disconnected world and they know that they have to plug out to in order to plug in with one another.”

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Read Some Tiny Snippets from Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

Broken MonstersLauren Beukes has been sharing snippets from her latest novel, the internationally praised Broken Monsters, on her community page on Facebook, along with photos from her research trip to Detroit where this novel is set.

“Kids can’t cope with the darkness, supposedly, but how else are we supposed to wrestle with it? How else are we supposed to prepare for the moment when you have to open the door not knowing what’s behind it,” reads one of the short excerpts from Broken Monsters.

Head over to Beukes’ Facebook page to see more:



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Sneak Peek at Spud 4 Cover: Exit, Pursued by a Bear (Coming August 2012)

Spud fans will be excited to learn that pieces of the cover of the fourth and final book in John van de Ruit‘s popular series – Spud – Exit, Pursued by a Bear – are being revealed on the Official Spud Books Facebook page throughout this week. While you await the unveiling of the complete cover this Friday, 29 June, read the storyline (revealed on Books LIVE last month) and try your hand at filling the gaps between the two puzzle-pieces already revealed:

SpudIn the kind of strange coincidence that only happens in the world of Spud Milton, shooting on the film of Spud – The Madness Continues wraps up on the same day that Spud – Exit, Pursued by a Bear hits the shelves – 4 August 2012!

Catch Spud – The Madness Continues on screens in 2013 and join the countdown to the release of Exit, Pursued by a Bear on Facebook!

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Penguin Dedicates “The Wall” to Young Adult Readers (Plus: Win R5000!)

Yesterday, Penguin Books launched THE WALL – a Facebook page aimed at young adult readers in South Africa. The Wall is a place where young people, and others who enjoy Young Adult fiction, can unleash their creativity, talk about the books they are reading, become book reviewers as well as win some great prizes.

DeadlandsWin with Penguin Books and Lily Herne's Mall Rats!Death of a Saint

To mark the launch of The Wall, Penguin is running a competition centred around the “Mall Rats”, the heroes of Lily Herne’s Deadlands and Death of a Saint.

Join the online “scavenger hunt” and stand a chance to win R 5 000 in cash, one of two R 1 000 cash prizes as well as some nifty book hampers. To enter, “Like” The Wall on Facebook and follow the instructions on the “Win R5000!” tab. Good luck!

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Extract from John Dobson’s Year of the Gherkin: The Jasonator Does Some Facebook-stalking

Year of the GherkinJason Brydon, the protagonist in John Dobson’s hilarious debut novel, Year of the Gherkin, is clearly quite savvy when it comes to social media. This character has even managed to escape the confines of the book and establish his own Facebook page and Twitter account where readers can interact with him!

In the following excerpt, “The Jasonator” puts his social media knowledge to use when he “checks out” a woman’s “credentials” on Facebook:

Went on to S’s fb page, seems like she has had a very social weekend, which is not ideal. And for ‘Looking For’, the answer is ‘friendship’. At least it says she is interested in men, open-minded and indifferent to religion. There is hope, Jason.

She looks hot in her profile pic – then most do. Like a fat chick is obviously going to post a head-and-shoulders or if her dial is also muck then they post like something of their cat. But you must be careful. I saw this girl Erin on Facebook who was a friend of Tam’s. She looked half decent and thought that Tam may have a doable friend – but then when I met her, as Dawesy says, caveat emptor. Translated from Latin as voetstoots.

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Meet Jason Brydon from John Dobson’s Novel, Year of the Gherkin

Jason Brydon

Year of the GherkinJason Brydon, aka “The Jasonator”, is the main character in John Dobson’s hilarious debut novel, Year of the Gherkin. However, Brydon is no ordinary character – he has infiltrated our social networks to bring you his witty banter directly.

“The Jasonator” is, for all intents and purposes, very real. You can even interact with him via his Facebook page and Twitter account and even, in some instances, via sms. Keep your eyes glued to these pages for exciting developments, including further extracts from the novel.

This you have to see…

Jason Brydon is to all intents and purposes very real. He lives in Cape Town, works for a paint shop and hates his boss. He even has his own Facebook page and a Twitter account. But here’s the thing – Jason Brydon is a character in a book, not a flesh and blood person.

When we first read Year of the Gherkin, we knew this was something special. Jason was so real to us (ginger hair, a bit overweight) that we knew he really needed to exist, even if it was only online. Plus the whole book was so rooted in social media that we wanted its readers to experience that too. So now Jason does exist and we’re really excited about finally meeting him. If you’re reading the book and want to know why he chose to eat that curry, you can simply drop him a tweet and ask him. Or if you’re chuckling about his antics last night out at Caprice, you can visit his Facebook page and see all the photos.

Daniel Nash had the unique opportunity to meet The Jasonator in person:

So I’d seen a fair amount of noise about a new SA book, something like a grown up Spud, about a dude who is basically ‘that guy’. The guy that all the bad stuff happens to…if you rolled all your bad stories into one dude. Anyway, I was offered a book and accepted with the promise of a hot intern dropping it off with me, alas, they tricked me, and I was surprised, during lunch, by a ginger who wanted me to sign his hairy chest.

Far from a hot intern, the dude (Jason) actually turned out to be the guy from the book. We did some posed shots in Clarkes, someone thought I was an Asian football player, Jason unbuttoned his short and exposed his nipple to me. His vibe is awesome and from what I can tell, from the bits of the book I’ve already read, they’ve nailed the character. His Twitter handle made sense as well, because for the last few days I’ve had tweets from this dude I didn’t know, asking if he could join our table, or come along to whatever it was I was doing. I legitimately thought is was some random dude. So well done for catching me out bastards.

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Jason Brydon is causing something of a stir in the Twitterverse:

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Read two excerpts from Year of the Gherkin:


Look, work’s not going that well.

Jase Brydon

From: Dave Peters
Date:15 March 2010 6.16AM
To: Jase Brydon
Cc: Mike Schilts ;


Maybe you can have a look at the below list and let me know why or how you think you have a future at 2Dye4 or anywhere within the group.

Because of this country’s bizarre employment laws which make you harder to unseat than a pope, I am not allowed to tell you to hand in your pristine order book right now. I am also not allowed to check your mail even though it is a company PC and a company server and a company mail address.


Probably my worst Christmas. I got this moleskin 2010 diary from my mate Dawesy. In it he has written: Jase, if you keep this diary I will run naked up Long Street in lunch hour. Happy Xmas. Dawesy.

Stuff him, I will.

Badger, my mate from school, is out from London for the normal 10 days of craziness. You know, when they say on Facebook how awesome it will be when they are out over Christmas and they tweet how they are looking forward to Christmas, endless braais, bottomless Windhoeks and Niknaks, boardshorts and chicks (whatever they are, whoever they are) and when everyone can hook up. The problem is that your fb friends don’t all know or like each other. You can have 229 friends, but that does not mean anyone wants to see you.

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Photos courtesy Jason Brydon on Facebook and Bangers and Nash

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Introducing John Dobson’s Humourous Tale of a Malcontented Male: The Year of the Gherkin

Year of the GherkinThis Month, Penguin releases The Year of the Gherkin by John Dobson, the comic story of Jason Brydon’s increasing disaffection with life, love and work and his efforts to turn it all around:


My name’s Jason, but my mates call me JB. It’s set to be a massive year for the Jasonator (that’s my other nickname by the way). Okay, so my credit card is maxed, my boss hates me and my father is a world-class alcoholic. But everything will come right if I stick to my New Year’s resolutions. All I need to do to get my life back on track is bag myself a great new job, lose 9kgs, get a girlfriend (blonde, not too much admin) and reach 100 followers on Twitter. Easy! My mate Muggsy reckons I’m dreaming if I think I can pull this off but I’m confident boet – bring it on! There’s even a book about me, it’s called Year of the Gherkin and it’s epic. Check it out and if, while you’re reading, you want to chat about anything, hook up with me on Twitter @JaseBrydon or on Facebook at – would dig to connect!

Hope you enjoy the book,

About the author

John Dobson has recently completed his MA in Creative Writing at the University of Cape Town (UCT) under the supervision of Mike Nicol. He also has a BA LLB and an MBA from UCT, although he has mostly worked as a journalist and publisher. A former PICA journalist of the year, he worked predominantly in magazine publishing before founding the 365 sports publishing business. He writes a weekly column on and is a rugby coach, previously coaching at UCT and now coaching at Western Province. He lives in Cape Town.

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Taking the Creative Process Viral: Hamilton Wende Discusses Writing and Social Networks

House of WarHamilton Wende, author of House of War, spoke to Bruce Dennill about how social networking has influenced his creative process. He says that he decided to share his experiences of writing his new book on Facebook, and found that the result was surprisingly positive:

Journalist and author Hamilton Wende, who’s just completed the manuscript for a new book, regularly popped up on Facebook during the writing process, giving his followers an interesting glimpse into what is often a completely solo affair.

Result? Buzz about the new work.

“Social networking is a game- changer,” he admits, “although I never started with it for that reason.

“I was just having a really bad day.

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Join in Celebrating the New Penguin Books SA Fanpage and Win Books for a Year!

Join Penguin Books South Africa in celebrating the launch of their brand new fanpage and stand the chance of winning a year’s supply of books.

To enter, simply “like” Penguin Books South Africa on Facebook and follow the instructions on the Books For A Year! tab. Have a look at the titles below for a taste of what your 52-book hamper may contain.

RafaSpudSometimes there is a VoidThe Plains of CamdebooReturn to CamdebooMore Than RugbyMorgan Tsvangirai

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The Great Food Hoodwink: Win a Copy of Justin Bonello’s Cooked: Out of the Frying Pan (Plus: New Interview with the Chef)

CookedAs part of a new campaign to raise South Africans’ awareness about the food we eat – where it comes from and how it’s made in our era of industrialisation – Justin Bonello has launched The Great Food Hoodwink Facebook page, which includes a must-watch video.

Get to know The Great Food Hoodwink and you can win a signed copy of Bonello’s latest, Cooked: Out of the Frying Pan – plus DVDs of his previous shows! Here’s how:

2. Click on ‘Like’
3. Click on Hoodwink.
4. Watch the video – concentrate!
5. Go to your local supermarket or grocer.
6. Be all ‘Justin-like’ and ask the same questions he asked in the video when you buy your food.
7. Post what happened on the Hoodwink Facebook Page!
8. Wait for Justin to choose the winner!
The winner gets Cooked Season 1 – 5, Getaway to Africa Season 1, AND a signed ‘Cooked: Out of the Frying Pan” book!!!

Second, don’t miss this great new interview that Lindsy Kin conducted with SA’s number one “bush chef”:

Bonello explains, “I always wanted to end up in nature conservation. I once visited a nature reserve called De Hoop. As much as I loved every second of it, I realised that when you end up as a game warden or conservationist, you end up protecting a very small part of the planet on very bad salaries. Your opportunity to affect the world is very noble, but very small. So, in many respects, I needed to look for something that was bigger, and television offered that.” However, Bonello adds: “I never had any aspirations to be in television to become a celebrity foodie of sorts.”

Having grown up closely connected to where his food came from, Bonello says that he use to go out, catch his own fish, and cook it. “I thought I knew where my food came from; however, in many respects when I started getting out into the farms and other parts of southern Africa, I realised that if I knew very little about my food, what were the chances that the everyday South African would?” he says. Bonello adds: “I’m in a new space where I want to know where my food comes from and I want to champion that, and educate the broader South African market on this.”

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