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Chiwetel Ejiofor, Come From Away, Short story competitions, Karl Lagerfeld

Chiwetel Ejiofor - The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. New musical Come From Away. Two short story competitions seeking submissions. Tribute to fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld

The directorial debut of Oscar -winning actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor,is The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. Airing on Netflix, adapted from a bestselling novel of the same name Ejiofor also stars as the father. This true story follows the young boy William as he races to save his village from a devastating famine, with a wind turbine he was inspired to build after reading a library book.

Come From Away is the hit Broadway musical which tells the remarkable story of the thousands of airline passengers diverted to a tiny Canadian town following 9/11 and stranded there for several days. Sam Marlowe reviews the UK premiere.

Fashion historian Amber Butchart pays tribute to iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. Known as “the king” by fashion insiders, Lagerfeld was the Creative Director of the fashion house Chanel for more than thirty years where his artistic flair combined with his business acumen led to sales reaching £7.7 billion in 2017.

Two short story competitions - the National Short Story Award and 500 Words - are currently open for submissions. We get an insight from the judges on how to write a great short story. Cynan Jones judge and former winner of the BBC National Short Story Award and Francesca Simon; author of the Horrid Henry books tell Kirsty what Radio 2's short story-writing competition for children and the NSSA are looking for.

Presenter: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Oliver Jones

Main image: Chiwetel Ejiofor and Maxwell Simba
Photo credit: Ilze Kitshoff, Netflix

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Chiwetel Ejiofor

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Maxwell Simba, Lily Banda,
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Aïssa Maïga
Photo credit: Ilze Kitshoff

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is on Netflix
from 1 March

Come From Away

Come From Away
Cast of Come From Away
Photo credit: Matthew Murphy

Come From Away is at the Phoenix Theatre, London

Short Story Awards

500 Words, Radio 2's short story-writing competition for children, in association with Oxford University Press is open for submissions now. The award is open to children aged between 5 and 13, who have until 8th March to submit their short story via the 500 Word website

14-18 year olds can enter their stories into the BBC Young Writers’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University. The deadline is 25 March 2019. 

BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University is open for submissions from published writers over the age of 18. Stories to be submitted via the National Short Story Award website or post, deadline 9 am Monday 11 March 2019. 

Full details and terms and condition on the prizes’ websites

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