Hay Festival 500 Words with Alex Jones and David Walliams
David Walliams and Alex Jones present the finale of Chris Evans' 500 Words competition, live from the Hay Festival, while Chris performs his fatherly duties at the birth of baby Eli!
Launched in January 2012, Chris' story-writing competition attracted 74,075 entries in only its second year. Our wonderful team of volunteer teachers and librarians whittled these entries down to 2,000 stories, before The National Literacy Trust selected the talented young finalists, who join Chris for this broadcast from beautiful Hay-on-Wye.
500 Words' best-selling panel of judges - children's authors Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Lauren Child, Andy Stanton, Charlie Higson, and David Walliams - picked three winners in each category (which are children aged nine and under and those aged between 10-13).
These six winners are announced live on-air, with each young author hearing their words brought to life by Doctor Who alumni John Barrowman and Catherine Tate; pop idol Will Young; Blue Peter's Helen Skelton; Merlin's Richard Wilson and Outnumbered's Daniel Roche.
The Gold Medal winner in each category wins Chris Evans' 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 leaves Hay with their own height in books!