Chris Evans Breakfast Show

Friday 30 May



Chris Evans presents the finale of 500 WORDS 2014 - Radio 2's short story competition for children aged 13 and under - live from the Hay Festival.

The six winners will be announced live on-air this morning, with each young author hearing their words brought to life by a superstar narrator. This year sees Mr Stink himself and the Lord of Downton actor Hugh Bonneville, chart-topper Paloma Faith, Blue Peter's Barney Harwood and Sherlock's Amanda Abbington being amongst the celebs on hand to read the winning stories. Plus, Chris's One Show co-host, Alex Jones, and sports reporter Vassos Alexander will be on hand to capture the reactions of the prize-winning young authors.

500 WORDS attracted a massive 118,632 entries in its fourth year! A wonderful team of volunteer teachers and librarians around the UK helped us read every single story, before the Scottish Book Trust selected the 50 young finalists, who join Chris for this very special broadcast from beautiful Hay-on-Wye.

A best-selling panel of judges - Francesca Simon, Charlie Higson, Malorie Blackman, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Head Judge CBBC and Top Gear Star Richard Hammond, painstakingly picked three winners in each age category (nine and under and those aged between 10-13).

The Gold Medal winner in each category wins Chris's height in books (6ft 2") plus 500 books for their school library; the runner up Silver Medal winner receives Alex Jones' height in books (5ft 6"); while the Bronze Medal winner can look forward to reading their own height in books!

Presenter/ Chris Evans, Producer/ Paul Sheehan for the BBC

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