The Chris Evans Breakfast Show, The 500 WORDS Final! 500 WORDS - Grand Final

30 May 2014 Last updated at 10:52

Re-live the 500 WORDS 2014 Final

As well as Chris revealing this year's winners live on the radio, we brought you live updates from the grand final right here - catch-up with all the best backstage pics and social media reaction below...
  • 30 May 2014 09:52:39

    Time to say goodbye

    Finishing live blogs are always a little bit of a sad affair, because we do have a bit of a ball when we're doing them. Hankies aside, all good things must come to end. So, thanks for reading and thanks too for listening. We hope you enjoyed it. We're donning our wellies one more time and going to trudge back to base camp. Until next year!  

    And don't forget you can hear the show in full by clicking the link below (available until 9am Friday 6 June)
  • 30 May 2014 09:28:28

    Listen to all of the winners stories and the whole show

    The clever hard-working people at Radio 2 towers have got moving very fast this morning and made audio clips of all the winning short stories read out by our celebrity readers including Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugh Bonneville and Paloma Faith. Click on the link below to hear them. Take a listen. They're brilliant. 
  • 30 May 2014 09:13:15

    Coffee Break

    It's been quite a morning. Quite an early morning for us. So, if you don't mind, we'll take a coffee break. Put our feet up for a short while. 

    But before we do, here's some things about the 500 Words competition you may not have known. 

    - 500 Words is the brainchild of our very own Chris Evans. It was started in 2011. 

    - In its first year we received nearly 30,000 entries, 90,271 entries last year and an astonishing 118,632 entries this year!

    - An impressive arm of volunteer readers (teachers and librarians) helped us judge the competition. A total of 3,500 volunteer judges were needed to mark the first round alone!

    - On the 500 Words Website we've published a top writing masterclass from Frank Cottrell Boyce, there are writing tips from celebrity judges and a fantastic 500 Words Alphabot just to help get the creative juices flowing. 

    Now then. Someone's cooking bacon. So as soon as we've got a bacon butty, we'll be back. 

  • 30 May 2014 08:55:51

    We've had a lovely time .. 

    But we're not quite done yet. We'll be sharing some links out.

    And, if we're not mistaken, the sun might even be coming out. Oh, no. Hang on. We're making that bit up. 
    Thoroughly Good
    Short and Snappy Reviews
  • 30 May 2014 08:42:57

    Gold Medal Winner Under 9s: Daniel Martlew / Lost Underground

    We're got a little teary seeing Daniel collect his Gold medal here at the Hay Festival. Congratulations, sir. Well done! We're delighted that we got to hear Hugh Bonneville read out your story. 
    BBC Radio 2
    Bow, curtesy, doth your cap, raise your glass for Lord of the #500Words Tent @hughbon @DowntonAbbey
    Mary B
    Gold Medal Winner announced by Hugh Bonneville is Daniel Martlew @hayfestival #500words
  • 30 May 2014 08:32:01

    Cue: Drumroll. Hugh Bonneville is in the Tent

  • 30 May 2014 08:17:23

    Silver Medal Winner Under 9s: Robert Jordan / No Ideas George

    A big warm round of applause for the lovely Robert for his story No Ideas George. We understand he's already working on another story. Good chap. 

  • 30 May 2014 08:12:32

    Bronze Medal Winner Under 9s: Juliette Lea / Should-Bes

    Congratulations to Juliette Lea whose story was read out by none other than Benedict Cumberbatch.
    @BBCRadio2: Now now Benedict Cumberbatch that's cheating! #500Words”
    Becky Shaw
    Chris Evans, Noah & Benedict Cumberbatch announce Juliette Lea @BBCRadio2 #500words @hayfestival #bbchay @bbcarts
    Mary B
    Benedict Cumberbatch announces Juliette Lea Bronze winner #500words @hayfestival
    Oh bless she's gobsmacked #500Words
    @cumberbatchweb he's only on the tranny, Radio2, 500 words, nice way to wake up!!😊
    F and C Cambridge
    Listening to #chrisevans #radio2 this morning, what fantastic talent some of these youngsters have #hayfestival #500Words
  • 30 May 2014 08:09:13

    We are ridiculously excited to see this man backstage

    So, you know, forgive us while we indulge ourselves with this pic of Benedict.
    Thoroughly Good
    The Cumberbatch is in the BBC Tent
  • 30 May 2014 08:02:33

    Vassos prepares his words 'n' stuff

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