A Little Star Writing Song by Martha Lewis

Shine Like A Star
By Martha Lewis, age 9


I don’t take ideas from anyone,

I’m a star and I can shine.

And I know what I have to do all the time,

I can use verbs and adverbs, I’ll be fine.

You cannot stop me,

I can write like a star.


I can write like a star,

And I know you can too,

So come on, come on,

I’ll shine over you.


Work together real hard,

Help a friend to shine.

I can write like a star and I know who you are,

So come on, get together,

And we will write till the world ends.


I can write like a star,

And I know you can too,

So come on, come on,

I’ll shine over you.


I know you will lead us to a magical world,

Only if you write like a star

Little Star Writer Finalist in BBC 500 Words Competition

Congratulations to Little Star Writer, Raphaella, who was one of 50 finalists in the BBC 500 Words Competition - out of a whopping 90,000 entries! Her story ‘The Orphan In The Bookshop’ may not have been the overall winner, but we had a wonderful time at Hay Festival, attending

the Chris Evans Breakfast Show for the live final, meeting authors from our sponsors at Random House Children's Books (including John Boyne, author of ‘The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, and Children’s Laureate 2013-2015, Malorie Blackman), chatting to the likes of Michael Palin, Michael Ball, Blue Peter presenter, Barney Harwood, and Harry Potter actor, Oliver Phelps, and getting lots of books signed for the Little Star Writers!

Read Ella’s story here, or click here for more photos.

Little Star Writers Meet Anthony Horowitz

On Sunday 12th May, the Little Star Writers were lucky enough to meet one of the UK’s most renowned children’s authors, Anthony Horowitz. After hearing Anthony talk about his Alex Rider series, his film adaptations, script writing and more, the Little Star Writers asked questions, had their books signed and even had a photo with the man himself. Thank you ArtsRichmond for organising such a wonderful event and inviting the Little Star Writers!

Little Star Writers Become Journalists

In Spring 2013, the Little Star Writers were given a brief from the editor of Families upon Thames. They were asked to come up with a selection of party ideas, and write mini articles that would inform and educate the 38,000 readers the magazine reaches.

The Little Star Writers took to this task with bags of enthuasism and spent time over several workshops thinking of party ideas children would love, but ones that would also save parents money and be as stress-free as possible. After lots of brainstorming sessions, various edits and an injection of Little Star creativity, the best articles were published in the magazine for all to read. We'd like to say thank you to Linda from Families upon Thames for supporting LSW workshops and helping to inspire the next generations of authors -  and journalists!

ArtsRichmond Young Writer's Award 2013 - Little Star Writer Finalists (and winner!)

On Sunday 3rd March 2013, eighteen talented writers travelled from all over the Richmond borough and gathered in the Orange Tree Theatre, waiting to hear who would win the Arts Richmond Young Writer Awards.

With talks from Anne Sebba, the President of Arts Richmond and Chair of the Society of Authors, prizes donated by Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo, and certificates awarded by The Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, it was an afternoon filled with extraordinary talent and an appreciation for incredible writing.

Little Star Writing had not one, but two shortlisted entries in the youngest age range - Serena from Nelson Primary School, and Kyra from Trafalgar Junior School (pictured below receiving their certificates).

We are also very pleased to announce Kyra as the year 3-4 WINNER of the Arts Richmond Young Writers Award. Kyra’s poem, ‘The Protective Rainbow’, won over the judges with it’s descriptive style and beautiful imagery. Congratulations to Kyra and Serena - two 8-year-old Little Star Writers who are sure to be the best-selling authors of the future.

Little Star Writer Wins 'North of Nowhere' Competition

In February 2013, the  Little Star Writers wrote a selection of stories for Liz Kessler’s ‘North of Nowhere’ competition with The Guardian Newspaper. Whilst we waited to hear if any of the Little Stars were shortlisted, Liz was kind enough to sign some of her books and write a card to the Little Star whose story the LSW tutors loved the most. This prize went to Little Star Writer, Emily, who encompassed everything we had been focusing on, such as the 'show, don't tell' rule, the use of senses, and the importance of a perfectly placed rhetorical question. A huge well done to Emily, and a big thank you to Liz!

LSW Judge 3rd Annual Storytelling Festival

Little Star Writing had the honour of judging the 3rd Annual Storytelling Festival alongside Tony Robinson, Rebecca Matthews and Stephen Keeler. With talented finalists from years 1 to 6, the evening was a huge success and it was wonderful to see children taking such an interest in reading, writing and storytelling. Congratulations to all those that took part, especially the Little Star Writers from Nelson Primary School and Trafalgar Junior School!

Little Star Writers become Journalists for Families on Thames Magazine

In November 2012 the Little Star Writers were given a brief from the editor of ‘Families on Thames’... to write a variety of short articles about their favourite things to do in Surrey in winter. With a selection of funny and informative well-written pieces to choose from, we would like to congratulate the following shortlisted Little Star Writers... Susanna, Saskia, Angelica, Laura, Leah and Rani.

We'd also like to say another huge ‘well done’ to the following Little Star Writers whose articles are featured in the Jan/Feb 2013 edition of Families on Thames - Cordelia, Aaron, Zoe & Olivia! Well done, everyone!