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Day Two of the 500 Words launch week - the Radio 2 Breakfast Show's short story competition for children aged 13 or under. Judge Charlie Higson joins us with his top writing tips.

Day Two of the Radio 2 Breakfast Show's 500 WORDS launch week.

After the inaugural book-busting spectacular last year, our short story competition for anyone aged 13 or under is BACK!

Today we are speaking to the second of our expert judges CHARLIE HIGSON, writer of the phenomenally successful Young Bond series, which has now sold over a million copies in the UK and been translated into over 24 different languages.

A video of Charlie's top tips for clever and creative writing is available on the Radio 2 website.

The writers of the Top 50 stories will be invited to watch the Chris Evans Breakfast Show broadcasting LIVE from the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts on Friday 1st June 2012.

So if you have lots of ideas and just love writing stories then why not enter now?

And if you're a teacher, don't fear - 'Your Breakfast Show (Also) Needs You!' We want you to help us judge the initial stages of these amazing tales. Last year nearly 4000 of you volunteered to help us out, we couldn't have done it without you!

So get cracking kids, we can't wait to read what you write!

2 hours, 59 minutes

Music Played

  • Dave Edmunds

    I Hear you Knocking

    • The Greatest Hits Of 1970 (Various).
    • Premier.
    • 4.
  • Nerina Pallot

    All Bets Are Off

    • Year Of The Wolf.
    • Geffen.
    • 1.
  • Hazel O’Connor

    Will You?

    • And Then She Kissed Me Vol.1 (Various.
    • Debutante.
  • Foreigner

    Cold As Ice

    • It's Only Rock 'n' Roll... (Various).
    • Fragile.
    • 3.
  • Lou Bega

    Mambo No.5

    • Now 44 (Various Artists).
    • Virgin.
  • David Bowie

    Rebel Rebel

    • David Bowie - Best Of Bowie.
    • EMI.
  • Maverick Sabre

    No One

    • Lonely Are The Brave.
    • Mercury.
    • 1.
  • Bill Haley and His Comets

    Rock Around The Clock

    • That's Rock'n'Roll (Various Artists).
    • EMI.
  • Split Enz

    I Got You

    • And Then She Kissed Me Vol.1 (Various.
    • Debutante.
  • Imelda May

    Big Bad Handsome Man

    • (CD Single).
    • Universal Music Classics & Jazz.
    • 1.
  • Eddie Cochran

    C'Mon Everybody

  • Alesha Dixon

    Do It Our Way (Play)

    • (CD Single).
    • Saatchi & Saatchi.
    • 1.
  • Culture Club

    Church Of The Poison Mind

    • More Greatest Hits Of 80's (Various).
    • Disky.
  • Electric Light Orchestra

    All Over The World

    • Light Years - The Very Best Of ELO.
    • Epic.
  • The Rolling Stones

    Get Off Of My Cloud

    • The Rolling Stones - Forty Licks.
    • Abkco.
  • Chris Isaak

    Live It Up

    • Beyond The Sun.
    • Rhino.
    • 1.
  • Ryan Paris

    Dolce Vita

    • The Holiday CD - Various Artists.
    • CBS.
  • CeeLo Green

    It's OK

    • The Lady Killer.
    • Warner Bros.
    • 1.
  • Albert Hammond

    It Never Rains In Southern California

    • The Singer & The Song (Various Artists).
    • Stardust.
    • 2.
  • Kid Rock

    Care (feat. T.I. & Martina McBride)

    • Born Free.
    • Atlantic.
    • 5.
  • The Psychedelic Furs

    Pretty In Pink

    • Teenage Kicks (Various Artists).
    • Polygram Tv.
  • Billy Idol

    White Wedding

    • Rip It Up (Various Artists).
    • EMI.
  • The Coral

    In The Morning

    • (CD Single).
    • Deltasonic.
  • Dead or Alive

    You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)

    • Wave Party (Various Artists).
    • Columbia.
    • 4.
  • Simple Minds

    Alive & Kicking

    • Now 1985 - The Millennium Series.
    • Now.
  • Amy Winehouse

    Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

    • Lioness: Hidden Treasures.
    • Island.
    • 5.
  • The Beat

    Can't Get Used To Losing You

    • The Best Of.
    • Go-Feet.


  • Tue 31 Jan 2012 06:30

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500 Words

500 Words

BBC Radio 2's story-writing competition for kids.