Here in the UK we have a very cheeky chappy called Chris Evans. He is best known for his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show and his appearances on BBC 1's
The One Show.
In 2010 he helped to launch a competition for children aged from 5-13 years called 500 Words.
500 Words invites children under 13 years to write and submit a story.
These stories are judged in two categories 5-9 years and 10-13 years.
I believe they had over 4000 entries this year. Each story was read by a team of teachers and librarians and from the 4000 entries the top 50 stories were picked.
These top 50 authors are then invited to the final which is broadcast live on
In the past they have taken place as part of the Hay Festival but this year they had a very special invitation when they were invited by Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall to St. Jame's Palace. The final took place last Friday 29th May and the top three stories in each of the two categories were awarded a medal.
If you didn't get to hear any of the final or you had not heard of this competition before I urge you to go to the website here and see the winners. You won't be disappointed and for a couple you will need to have your tissue at the ready.
It is such an inspiration that we have such talented young people and if they are writing this type of story now what are they going to be able to produce in the future,
I have three books to recommend to you from those I read last month.
- The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton
- The Girl on the Train - Paul Hawkins
- The Missing Half - Brooke Powley
The links above take you across to my post on my Tea & Biscuits & a Good Book blog.
All I will say is that for at least two of them you will require large box of Kleenex and chocolate.
My return to my childhood read this month is Follyfoot by Monica Dickens. I loved this series of books as a child. For anyone in their golden years you may also remember that there was a TV series made based on this series of books.
After the wind and rain of the beginning of the week today seems to be a bit brighter. Here's hoping that Mother Nature has finally realised we are in JUNE!!!!
Have a lovely weekend one & all