Shoreditch Trust’s StarLit Festival inspires tales of hamsters hungry for world domination

Youngsters dreamt up characters like Fang the hamster, hungry for world domination, and Keen the bank-robbing puppy, when they were asked to imagine what their pets were getting up to at home while they were at school.

Youngsters dreamt up characters like Fang the hamster, hungry for world domination, and Keen the bank-robbing puppy, when they were asked to imagine what their pets were getting up to at home while they were at school.

The exercise was part of the Shoreditch Trust’s fourth annual StarLit Festival, which brought children, authors and books together, in a celebration of reading.

Steve Cole shared his book Slime Squad with pupils from Randal Cremer School last Thursday at the trust’s Waterhouse Restaurant in Orsman Road.

Steve, who has written over 100 books for children, told the children how he writes his books and how he comes up with ideas for his wide variety of monsters.


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He also answered a lot of questions about slime.

The Shoreditch Trust charity, which exists to tackle inequality and exclusion across Hackney, hopes the festival will awaken a passion in children for books.

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“StarLit was amazing because I hadn’t met an author before, I think it will help me concentrate more on books,” said 10-year old David, from St John the Baptist School.

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