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12- year old Paula Mtamba to launch book

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Twelve year- old student at Marymount Girls Secondary School, Paula Mtamba has penned her first book titled A Starry Sky which she will launch on Sunday afternoon at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre.

Coincidently on Sunday, Paula will also be celebrating her birthday as she turns 13.

Paula has beat the notion that is there now that young people have lost interest in reading and writing by crafting her own book that has taken her sometime to finish.

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“I love writing and I am excited that I have finally published my first book. I never knew that I will have this moment of publishing and launching my book but praise be to God for this,” she said yesterday.

Paula said ahead of the book, she has been writing short stories and poems.

“There are so many stories I have written but I decided to take a huge step by writing a book,” she said.

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The youthful writer said A Starry Sky delves into the story of a teenager girl called Brooklyn Mae and her day to day life.

“I have written this book in a diary form whereby Brooklyn is speaking in first person,” she said.

Paula said the book was inspired by the stories of two female astronomers: Vera Rubin and Wang Zhenyi.

“These two loved the stars and poetry which gave me an idea of Brooklyn’s traits. This is just the beginning of more books to come from me, I know it is not easy but I have already taken a step and so, I am not afraid to go for my second and more,” she said.

Some of the authors that have inspired her include Enid Blyton, Meg Cabot, Michael Morpurgo, Jeff Kinney and Rachel Russell.

“But my favourite authors are Rachel Russell, Rick Riordan and JK Rowling,” she said.

Paula said she has also received support from her family including her mother.

Her mother said she used to write short stories but did not take it an extra mile to publish a book.

“Paula has always stunned me with her skills. She actually got so busy during lockdown and every time she would be in her bedroom and when you ask her what she was doing she would just tell you she was writing. And then this other time, she just told me she was writing a book,” she said.

Paula’s mother called upon parents to encourage their children to read and write and also support them in nurturing their various artistic talents.

Gertrude Kabwazi is expected to be the guest of honour at the launch of the book to be spiced up by other activities.

She wrote on her Facebook page saying there is so much to write and that writing is therapeutic.

“Congratulations Paula. Let us encourage our children to write and read,” Kabwazi said.

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