The 500 Words Final - Live From The Hampton Court Palace Festival!
Chris Evans presents the Final of BBC Radio 2's 500 Words short-story writing competition, live from the Hampton Court Palace Festival.
Chris Evans presents the final of BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans 500 Words short-story writing competition. Live from the Hampton Court Palace Festival where 3000 of this year's entrants, top 50 finalists and volunteer judges were in the audience.
Now in its eighth year, the competition for children aged between 5 and 13 has seen another record year attracting a staggering 135,000 entries. In addition, 500 Words was supported by Oxford University Press in 2018 to reach over 20,000 schools.
This morning's show is an extravaganza of live music and sensational story-telling, with the six winning wordsmiths announced on-air by celebrity narrators David Walliams, Jim Broadbent, Amanda Abbington, Jason Isaacs, Shobna Gulati and Dara O'Briain. With fantastic music from John Newman, Alexandra Burke, and Bastille.
The 500 Words' panel of judges - Charlie Higson, Francesca Simon, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Malorie Blackman and Honorary Judge, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall - was also at this extra special edition of the Breakfast Show .
Each and everyone one of this year's entries was read by a fantastic team of 5000 volunteer teachers and librarians from around the UK, before being whittled down to the Top 50 finalists by The Reading Agency. The 500 Words' panel of judges then had the gruelling task of selecting three winners in each of the two age categories (5-9 and 10-13 years) from this group of talented young writers.