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Teenage prodigy author writes book and takes off!

Mega Digital couldn’t be more thrilled for its youngest author and self-publisher, Kyle Khan, who continues to gain recognition for his book, Mrs Raboto, which he wrote and launched to the public at the tender age of 13 years old.

Kyle, who is one of South Africa’s youngest published authors, received an invitation last month from the Deputy President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, to attend a Youth Engagement event aimed at promoting reading and writing. He was also lucky enough to meet and receive acknowledgement for his writing from the Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa.

This week, in honour of National Library Week (which ran from 14 to 21 March 2015), Kyle was interviewed by Tanya Nefdt of eNCA. The clip can be viewed here:

Some background about Kyle:

Kyle is seventeen years old and a matric learner at Pinelands High School. He also attended Turfhall Primary school in Lansdowne. At the age of 7, when he was in Grade 2, he arrived home from school one day and said these words to his mother: “I don’t want to be an author when I grow up … I am an author”.

Kyle would spend hours at the computer writing his stories and read them to anyone who was willing to listen. At the age of 10 (Grade 5), he started writing Ms Raboto. His teacher allowed him to read to his classmates as the story unfolded, and they loved listening to him. His parents brought him to the Centre for the Book for advice and after reviewing Ms Raboto, the CFB provided him with the funding to self publish his book.

Ms Raboto was launched at the Cape Town Book fair at the CTICC in August 2010, when Kyle was in Grade 7. Following the launch, Kyle was interviewed on radio and TV and also asked to speak at various schools and conferences.

When Kyle was in Grade 9, Pinelands High School hosted a One Act Play Festival. Kyle adapted and directed a play and won the Best Director and Best Play award. He also played a role in the school’s Dramatic Arts production which reached the final round at the Artscapes High School Drama Festival last year.

In June this year Kyle will be visiting France and Germany with his History class. He is using on-line tutorials to teach himself German in preparation for the tour.

He plans to study at a tertiary institution where he can pursue his love for language. He also hopes to travel extensively because that is what reading inspires him to do.

Kyle’s book is available for purchase on Mega Digital’s online bookstore platform, megabooks. Please visit the site to purchase your copy:


South Africa’s Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, meets Kyle Khan

Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, congratulates Kyle Khan

1 Comment
  1. This is a very inspiring story and shows us that our children have great potential , which should be nutured and groomed. The world is their oyster.

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