Royal support for BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words
Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall, is supporting BBC Radio 2’s annual writing competition 500 Words this year.
Chris Evans announced the return of the competition, which looks for the UK’s most talented young writers, on breakfast this morning.
To mark the launch of the competition, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall will also attend a special 500 WORDS Story Laboratory in Weston Park Primary School, London on Wednesday 21st January.
The competition launch was accompanied by a video full of famous faces – including Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Tom Daley, Hugh Bonneville, Gary Lineker, Rebecca Adlington, Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly as well as a host of news readers from across the UK.
The judging panel for 2015 includes head judge Richard Hammond, the author of the Horrid Henry series, Francesca Simon, plus authors Charlie Higson, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman.
Chris Evans said: “500 WORDS is back back BACK, and as much as last year’s competition was undeniably off the charts with nearly 120,000 entries; this year to mark our fabulous fifth anniversary we wanted to do something super special. So we couldn’t believe our luck when HRH the Duchess of Cornwall invited us to hold our live on-air final in the stunning surroundings of St James’s Palace. She’s a supporter of the competition and cannot wait to meet and greet this year’s fifty finalists on the day. Kids of the UK – if you’d like to hang out with real-life royalty – 500 WORDS 2015 is open for business! Get writing and get in the mix, by Royal Appointment.”
Bob Shennan, Controller BBC Radio 2, 6 Music and Director of BBC Music, added: “We are honoured to have Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall lend her support to this fantastic initiative. 500 WORDS continues to grow from strength to strength, encouraging and inspiring children across the country to tap into their imagination and get writing. I can’t wait to get reading!”
The final of the competition takes place at St James’s Palace in May 2015.