The Chris Evans Breakfast Show: 500 Words Final
Chris Evans presents the final of BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words short-story writing competition, live from the Tower of London.
The competition for children aged between five and 13 has seen another record year, with 2017 attracting a staggering 131,798 entries.
This morning’s show will be an extravaganza of live music and sensational story-telling, with the six winning wordsmiths announced on-air by celebrity narrators including Olivier award-winning Noma Dumezweni and actor Sir Derek Jacobi. Plus listeners will be serenaded by princes of pop including One Direction’s Niall Horan and Olly Murs.
Each and everyone one of this year’s entries was read by a fantastic team of volunteer teachers and librarians from around the UK, before being whittled down to the Top 50 finalists by the Reading Agency. 500 Words’ panel of judges – Charlie Higson, Francesca Simon, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Malorie Blackman and Honorary Judge, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall – then had the gruelling task of selecting three winners in each age category (ages five to nine and ages ten to thirteen) from this group of talented young writers.