GDST pupil publishes debut novel after successful Kickstarter campaign

A GDST student has seen her dream of becoming a published author made real after she ran a successful fundraising campaign, alongside her younger sister, to get their newly penned books published.

Kirsten Mbawa, a Year 8 pupil from Northampton High School, together with her 10-year-old sister Aiyven, started a campaign earlier this year to raise enough money to cover the publishing costs.

The girls, aged 12 and 10, needed to raise a minimum of £5,000 by mid-March in order to get their historical fiction and fantasy adventure novels, the Sagas of Anya and Land of the Nurogons published. Their Kickstarter campaign proved to be a smash hit; their campaign went viral, with donations arriving from across the world and the girls made a whopping £5,563. The sisters took delivery of their published novels last month and have gained publicity along the way, featuring on the BBC and in The Week Junior.

Kirsten and Aiyven were inspired to write their first books after competing in the BBC Radio 500 Words competition and have now seen their hard work brought to life. Their books are available on Amazon or


The Mbawa Girls first ever Television interview about their newly published books – Land Of The Nurogons and Sagas of Anya on BBC Look EastNext Stop – BBC Radio tomorrow morning – Charity, home and all that.

Posted by Valentine Mbawa on Tuesday, 16 June 2020