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500 Words - Just Two Days!

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 21 February 2013

Just two days until 500 WORDS closes. Chris catches up with the two gold-winning Isobels from 2012's competition.

Isobel Harwood from Derbyshire, won the 13 and under category with her story Defining Moments, about a girl befriending a boy who doesn't fit in with the norm. She heard her award-winning story read out by popstar Will Young, at the 2012 Hay Festival.

Southampton's Isobel Murray won the 9 and under category with Coming Home, her story about a child returning to their family following evacuation. In the live final, her 500 WORDS were brought to life by the Doctor Who actress Catherine Tate!

If you're inspired by last year's winners, make sure you submit your 500 WORDS before tomorrow's 7pm deadline. Find out more about the competition, and how to enter, at bbc.co.uk/500words. You needn't be called Isobel to enter!

Music Played

31 items
  • Image for The Jam

    The Jam A Town Called Malice

    Jam Story, Universal

  • Image for The Style Council

    The Style Council Walls Come Tumbling Down

    Billy Elliot O.S.T. - Various Artists, Polydor, 13

  • Image for Arlissa

    Arlissa Sticks & Stones

    (CD Single), London Records, 1

  • Image for Simple Minds

    Simple Minds Don't You (Forget About Me)

    Jim Kerr recalls his 1980s

    Glittering Prize - Best Of Simple Min, Virgin

  • Image for Joey Ramone

    Joey Ramone What A Wonderful World

    (CD Single), Sanctuary

  • Image for The Smiths

    The Smiths William It Was Really Nothing

    The Very Best Of The Smiths, WEA, 6

  • Image for The Clash

    The Clash Train In Vain

    The Essential Clash, Sony Music Entertainment

  • Image for The Clash

    The Clash Rock The Casbah

    The Singles, Epic

  • Image for Bon Jovi

    Bon Jovi Because We Can

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for Ben E. King

    Ben E. King Stand By Me

    Shades Of Soul (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for The Killers

    The Killers Read My Mind

    (CD Single), Vertigo

  • Image for Belle Epoque

    Belle Epoque Black Is Black

    The Best Disco Album In The World...Ever!, Virgin

  • Image for Stereophonics

    Stereophonics Indian Summer

    (CD Single), Stylus Records, 1

  • Image for Emeli Sandé

    Emeli Sandé Next To Me LIVE AT THE BRITS

  • Image for One Direction

    One Direction One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks) LIVE AT THE BRITS

  • Image for Van Morrison

    Van Morrison Jackie Wilson Said

    The Very Best Of Van Morrison, Polydor

  • Image for The Jackson 5

    The Jackson 5 I'll Be There

    The Best Michael Jackson & Jackson Fi, Polygram Tv, 17

  • Image for Four Tops

    Four Tops Reach Out I'll Be There

    No Greater Love (Various Artists), Global Records & Tapes

  • Image for The Rembrandts

    The Rembrandts I'll Be There For You

    The Love Songs Album (Various), Universal

  • Image for Joe Cocker

    Joe Cocker Fire It Up

    Fire It Up, Sony Music

  • Image for Snow Patrol

    Snow Patrol Run

    (CD Single), Polydor

  • Image for 10cc

    10cc Wall Street Shuffle

    Million Sellers Vol.13 - The Seventie, Disky

  • Image for Suede

    Suede It Starts And Ends With You

    CD Single, Warners

  • Image for Queen

    Queen We Will Rock You

    News Of The World, Island, 1

  • Image for Tim McGraw

    Tim McGraw Nashville Without You

    Two Lanes Of Freedom, Big Machine, 1

  • Image for Stray Cats

    Stray Cats Stray Cat Strut

    Fantastic 80's - 3 (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia

  • Image for Squeeze

    Squeeze Cool For Cats

    Fantastic 70's (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia

  • Image for Bruno Mars

    Bruno Mars When I Was Your Man

    Unorthodox Jukebox, Atlantic, 1

  • Image for Billy Joel

    Billy Joel My Life

    Billy Joel - Greatest Hits Vol.2, CBS

  • Image for The Kinks

    The Kinks You Really Got Me

    The Kinks (Deluxe Edition), Sanctuary, 7

  • Image for Cher

    Cher Love & Understanding

    (CD Single), Geffen

  • Pause for Thought

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

    Here we are most of the way through February, and the start of the year already seems like ages ago. When I brought those home-made biscuits in last week, you were really good Chris, and stuck to your resolution not to eat chocolate. That got me wondering how everyone’s New Year resolutions are going. Have they blended into ‘giving up’ for Lent, or just given up the ghost?

    It wasn’t really a resolution, but I promised myself I’d have a few adventures this year. As if life with young children and working with prisoners weren’t adventure enough! Still, I have a plan to climb Snowdon in the summer, and I’m also learning to sail.

    I’ve really been bitten by the sailing bug, and I’ve noticed a really strange thing happening. Everywhere I go now, I notice stretches of water in a way I never used to! I’ll spot masts from a mile off, I find myself looking at waterproof clothes and reading about clouds. It really does feel like ‘water, water everywhere!’

    What’s happened is my focus has changed and my eyes have been opened to a whole new world. We tend to see only the things we want to see, or the things we expect to see. So if we go through life thinking the world’s against us, or a certain group of people behave a particular way, or maybe that we just can’t do something, then we’ll probably see only those things that reinforce our point of view. But if we’re prepared to change our focus, then suddenly we start seeing the world through very different eyes indeed. In lots of ways that’s what the best resolutions achieve, and it’s what Lent’s about too – changing our mindset, and noticing what we’ve never noticed before.

    Well, one of the things I’ve already learned through sailing is that it’s really important to keep your line of sight clear, and your eyes alert and focussed for whatever might come your way. Who knows what’s just over the horizon, but as the year rolls on, I’m looking forward to riding the waves….


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