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Where the Story Begins: Help Write a Story on Facebook with the CTBF!

The Cape Town Book Fair is all about books, and books are mostly about stories. So join in writing one with the most authors we can gather together. It’s called “Where the story begins …” and that’s its first line. Any member of the CTBF Facebook page can add a single sentence to it, you are welcome to go back and add more as the story progresses. (The Cape Town Book Fair reserves the right to remove any entries that are offensive, racist or libelous. In other words we’re all for freedom of speech, but not for breaking laws.) Copyright of the story rests with the CTBF. The story ends on the day that the Cape Town Book Fair starts, 30 July, and will be read out during the CTBF. Let the story begin!

Here’s the story so far – log in to the CTBF Facebook page and make your mark!


Claudia Kaiser

Claudia Kaiser

Where the story begins…. I hopped off the train and saw…
Tuesday at 4:51pm ·  · Flag
Lee Labuschagne

Lee Labuschagne

…not a snappily dressed tour operator as I had anticipated, but a middle-aged couple – the male with a hand-written sign bearing my name aloft.
Tuesday at 5:02pm ·  · Flag
Fiona Snyckers

Fiona Snyckers

Ignoring him, I paid attention to the crowd of flesh-eating zombies closing in behind him – just when I was due for my mani-pedi appointment.
Tuesday at 5:05pm ·  · Flag
Akshay Pathak

Akshay Pathak

As always, I couldn’t decide what to do next. I just stood there and stared blankly.
Tuesday at 5:30pm ·  · Flag
Ingrid Andersen

Ingrid Andersen

Mani-Pedi, the ayurvedic guru, glanced at me across the platform and gestured to me to wait. He spoke a swift command to the zombies in a foreign tongue. They shuffled backwards, grumbling. What eyes there were were downcast. “All is well,” the guru greeted me. “They will eat only vegetarian food from now on”.
Tuesday at 6:00pm ·  · Flag
Fiona Snyckers

Fiona Snyckers

Thanks to Guru Mani-Pedi, I could now turn my attention back to the dowdy middle-aged couple, who said, “We’re swingers – how about a threesome?”
Tuesday at 6:52pm ·  · Flag
Candace van der Walt

Candace van der Walt

I decided not too eavesdrop on the rest of their conversation and turned to get back on the train, realising that this was not where I needed to be.
Tuesday at 7:11pm ·  · Flag
Lauri Kubuitsile

Lauri Kubuitsile

Unfortunately the train stopped- breakdown- and there we were Guru Mani-Pedi, Mabel and Fred Morton (the swingers) , and me.

“Coffee anyone?” Guru Mani-Pedi asked.

Tuesday at 8:09pm ·  · Flag
Fiona Snyckers

Fiona Snyckers

“I’ve got a new size 44-DD red, satin basque for our swingers’ party after coffee; and Fred has a diamante-encrusted thong,” said Mabel as we all stepped into the nearest Vida e Cafe.
Tuesday at 8:16pm ·  · Flag
Ingrid Andersen

Ingrid Andersen

“Ah, just the people I’ve been looking for!”, cried Jerry Springer, who happened to be in town for the World Cup.
Tuesday at 9:46pm ·  · Flag
Fiona Snyckers

Fiona Snyckers

I clasped my palpitating bosom in excitement and exclaimed, “Jerry … you don’t mean … you can’t possibly mean … you want us all to be on your SHOW?”
Tuesday at 10:03pm ·  · Flag
Carol Lesley Campbell

Carol Lesley Campbell

At this moment I realised that I had left my bag on the train and, as we all know, Vida e Cafe, ain’t cheap. Springer smiled at me and reached for his wallet.
“I have to get back on that train.”
Everything was in my bag.
“Keep calm,” he said, taking my hand, “Come on.”
Yesterday at 7:34am ·  · Flag
Lauri Kubuitsile

Lauri Kubuitsile

“You get paid to appear on my show, don’t worry,” Jerry said smiling showing his teeth in a menacing manner.
Yesterday at 8:19am ·  · Flag
Jane Katjavivi

Jane Katjavivi

‘Take em off! Take ‘em off’ shouted the bouncer at the door.
Yesterday at 10:27am ·  · Flag
Cape Town Book Fair

Cape Town Book Fair

Just then a large cavalcade of cars with flashing blue lights came to a screeching halt outside.
Yesterday at 11:25am ·  · Flag
Fiona Snyckers

Fiona Snyckers

“Your armed escort awaits, ladies and gentlemen,” said Jerry, flinging the door of an SUV wide to allow Guru ManiPedi, Fred, Mabel and me to enter, “to the studio, James, and don’t spare the horses.”
Yesterday at 11:39am ·  · Flag
Ingrid Andersen

Ingrid Andersen

“Quickly into the SUV, now, before any of the VIP blue light brigade behind us decide to throw bags over our heads and arrest us,” he cautioned, “it happened only the other day to a young friend of mine.”
Yesterday at 12:18pm ·  · Flag
Lauri Kubuitsile

Lauri Kubuitsile

I didn’t know what to think once I stepped into the SUV and saw the big purple dinosaur.
Yesterday at 1:51pm ·  · Flag
Fiona Snyckers

Fiona Snyckers

“Never mind,” explained Jerry, “that’s just Rastus the Barney-fetishist who’s going to be on the show with you guys today; just ignore him if he starts fondling your leg.”
Yesterday at 1:56pm ·  · Flag
Jane Katjavivi

Jane Katjavivi

At first I thought it was the American TV channels trying to save money by making Jerry Springer share a limo with Big Bird and others from Sesame Street. But Big Bird is yellow and the Cookie Monster is blue, so who was the purple monster??
Yesterday at 1:56pm ·  · Flag
Ingrid Andersen

Ingrid Andersen

I was confused. I thought the 4×4 went OVER Barney. What to do?
Yesterday at 5:39pm ·  · Flag
 

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