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The 500 Words Final

Zoe Ball presents the Final of BBC Radio 2's 500 Words short-story writing competition, live from Windsor Castle.

Zoe Ball presents the final of BBC Radio 2's 500 Words short-story writing competition, live from Windsor Castle. In the audience will be 250 of this year's entrants, finalists and some of the wonderful volunteer judges, as Tina Daheley, Richie Anderson and Mike Williams bring you the winning stories of this year’s competition.

This morning's show is an extravaganza of live music and sensational story-telling, with the six winning wordsmiths announced on-air by some amazing celebrity narrators including David Walliams and Alesha Dixon (more to be revealed), with fantastic live music from Busted and more.

Now in its ninth year, the competition for children aged between 5 and 13 has reached over 900,000 entries since it began in 2011. In addition, 500 Words was supported by Oxford University Press in 2019 to reach over 20,000 schools.

Each and every one of this year's entries was read by a fantastic team of 3000 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.

2 hours, 25 minutes

Music Played

  • Nina Simone

    Ain't Got No, I Got Life

    • (CD Single).
    • Sony BMG.
  • Tom Walker

    Just You and I (500 Words 14 Jun 2019)

  • Elton John & Taron Egerton

    (I'm Gonna) Love Me Again

    • Rocketman O.S.T. (Various Artists).
    • Virgin EMI.
  • Mabel

    Don't Call Me Up

    • (CD Single).
    • Polydor.
  • Tom Walker

    No Roots (500 Words 14 Jun 2019)

  • Tom Walker

    Now You're Gone (500 Words 14 Jun 2019)

  • Aretha Franklin

    Respect

    • Aretha Franklin - Queen Of Soul.
    • Atlantic.
  • Busted

    Radio (500 Words 14 Jun 2019)

  • Busted

    Castle On The Hill (500 Words 14 Jun 2019)

  • The O’Jays

    Love Train

    • Shades Of Soul (Various Artists).
    • Global Television.
  • Busted

    Sleeping With The Light On (500 Words 14 Jun 2019)

  • The Beatles

    Paperback Writer

    • The Beatles - 1.
    • Apple.
    • 014.
  • Kylie Minogue

    New York City

    • Step Back In Time: The Definitive Collection.
    • BMG.

Broadcast

500 Words 2019

500 Words 2019

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