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Welcome to 500 Words, Frank Cottrell Boyce!

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 24 January 2013

It's Day Four of the 500 WORDS launch week and we welcome the third of our brand new 2013 judges. It's FRANK COTTRELL BOYCE, the man who wrote the Olympic Opening Ceremony; the man in charge of the Derry-Londonderry City of Culture parade; and the man behind a new series of adventures for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. When it comes to creativity and original ideas, kids, Frank is an Olympic gold medallist! So get those brilliant little minds of yours fired up and listen out for his writing tips.

Music Played

24 items
  • Image for U2

    U2 Angel Of Harlem

    U2 - The Best Of 1980-1990, Island, 12

  • Image for Josh Osho

    Josh Osho Imperfections

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for Andy Williams

    Andy Williams Can't Take My Eyes Off You

    Heartbeat: Love Me Tender (Various), Global Television

  • Image for Gabrielle

    Gabrielle When A Woman

    (CD Single), Go Beat

  • Image for Bad Company

    Bad Company Can't Get Enough

    Driving Rock (Various Artists), Global Records & Tapes, 1

  • Image for ABC

    ABC The Look Of Love

    And Then She Kissed Me Vol.1 (Various, Debutante

  • Image for Emeli Sandé

    Emeli Sandé Clown

    (CD Single), Virgin, 5

  • Image for Diana Ross

    Diana Ross The Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To?)

    Diana Ross & The Supremes - 40 Motown, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Huey Lewis and the News

    Huey Lewis and the News Do You Believe In Love

    It's Only Rock 'n' Roll... (Various), EMI

  • Image for Petula Clark

    Petula Clark Downtown

    The Ivor Novello Winners, EMI

  • Image for Bon Jovi

    Bon Jovi Keep The Faith

    (CD Single), Jambco, 11

  • Image for Bon Jovi

    Bon Jovi Bad Medicine

    (Single), Vertigo, 2

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley and Junkie XL A Little Less Conversation

    (CD Single), BMG/RCA

  • Image for Madness

    Madness Never Knew Your Name

    (CD Single), Cooking Vinyl, 2

  • Image for Adele

    Adele Rolling In The Deep

    (CD Single), XL, 1

  • Image for The Hues Corporation

    The Hues Corporation Rock The Boat

    Million Sellers Vol.14 - The Seventie, Disky

  • Image for Kylie Minogue

    Kylie Minogue Timebomb

    (CD Single), EMI

  • Image for Deacon Blue

    Deacon Blue That's What We Can Do

    (CD Single), Edsel Records

  • Image for Paul McCartney

    Paul McCartney Young Boy

    Paul McCartney - Flaming Pie, Parlophone

  • Image for The Fratellis

    The Fratellis Whistle For The Choir

    (CD Single), Island

  • Image for The Source

    The Source and Candi Staton You Got The Love

    Smash Hits Massive! (Various Artists), Dover Records

  • Image for Gabrielle Aplin

    Gabrielle Aplin Please Don't Say You Love Me

    (CD Single), Parlophone

  • Image for Adamski

    Adamski Killer

    Now 17, Part 2 (Various Artists), Now, 1

  • Image for Fairport Convention

    Fairport Convention Walk Awhile

  • Pause for Thought

    From Rev Sharon Grenham Toze, an Anglican priest and prison chaplain.

    I phone my dad every week, every Sunday evening, just for a chat and a catch up. We tell each other what’s been going on. I’ll have a moan about work, he’ll tell me about the person down the road who I knew ages ago, we’ll laugh over something the kids have done. Sometimes I’ll tell him about the latest crazy project I’m getting involved in, and because he’s my dad, he’s always really proud of me. He’ll often say ‘Sharon, with all the things you’ve done in your life, you should write a book.’ And I usually reply ‘the trouble is, dad, it’s all so mad that no-one would ever believe it!’

    There are so many amazing stories of true life events, some of them told in books, some of them made into films, or even songs, and somehow, crazy or not, they have a special pull on us because they’re true, they really happened. We love to hear about tales of bravery, or survival against the odds, stories of true love, of rags to riches.

    But sometimes it’s easier to get at the real meaning of things through a made-up story. There are parts of life that are scary, or sad, or just difficult to understand. Bringing in a few monsters and princes, maybe a desert island or buried treasure, can help us to explain it all a bit more clearly. I wonder what fantastic characters we’ll meet when your young listeners submit their stories…..

    A lot of the world’s religions do just that, bringing us tales of heroes and villains, angels and demons, messages and battles. These stories, these myths and parables, are often woven in with real-life events and people too, and are meant to help us make sense of the world around us and the way life twist and turns. You know, a lot of people struggle with religion, or faith, because, they say ‘it’s all made up.’ But truth, and faith, is more than just reporting the facts – sometimes it’s far deeper than that, about how we understand ourselves and important things about life. So a story, religious or otherwise, might be symbolic, or poetic, might be hard to believe, full of strange creatures and mystery visitors – but that doesn’t mean that deep down, it doesn’t contain truth.


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