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The Duchess of Cornwall attends the final of #500Words at Shakespeare’s Globe

27th May 2016

HRH with story readers and winners at the final of 500 Words

HRH with story readers and winners at the final of 500 Words

The Duchess of Cornwall attended the final of BBC Radio 2's 500 Words creative writing competition today at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. 

The Duchess helped present gold medals to the winning writers, and was joined at the event by actors Tom Hiddleston, Julie Walters, Andy Serkis, Nick Jonas and Warwick Davies, who read out the winning stories live on air during Chris Evans's Radio 2 breakfast programme.

The 500 Words competition asked children aged 13 and under to compose an original work of fiction under 500 words to promote literacy among young people and encourage them to explore their creativity.  

 

 

The Duchess of Cornwall with gold award winners Evie and Ned

The Duchess of Cornwall with gold award winners Evie and Ned

Musicians One Republic, All Saints and Foxes performed at the event. 

This year, The Duchess joined authors Malorie Blackman, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Charlie Higson and Francesca Simon on the judging panel, with Chris Evans as chairman.

Julie Walters read out the gold medal winning story from the five-to-nine category, ‘Poor Pig's Revenge’ by Evie Fowler, nine, and Nick Jonas read e-COURTROOM.com by Ned Marshall, who won in the 10 to 13 category.

During a speech on stage, The Duchess of Cornwall said: “I am delighted to be here with you again, but this year, it's a serious responsibility – Chris Evans asked me to be a judge.

“Of course, it was a huge pleasure to read the brilliant stories you sent in, but it has been an almost impossible task to decide on the winners.”

I must say, I thought St. James's Palace was quite special, but being here in the Globe Theatre in William Shakespeare's 400th anniversary year is even better.

“I do hope that everyone who took part in this inspiring competition will, like Shakespeare, carry on enjoying the power of words and weaving the magic of stories.”

After the broadcast, The Duchess of Cornwall joined the winners, guests and supporters at a reception. 

 

A speech by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall at the 500 Words Final, Shakespeare's Globe, London

Published on 27th May 2016

'So, what story are you going to write?'  Those were the words I said the last time I was here at the Globe – did you see that amazing cartoon on the website?  I just want to reassure you that this is the real me here this morning – I'm afraid a little bit older than my cartoon character!

I am delighted to be here with you again, but this year, it's a serious responsibility – Chris Evans asked me to be a judge.  Of course, it was a huge pleasure to read the brilliant stories you sent in, but it has been an almost impossible task to decide on the winners.

But what a wonderful place to celebrate another final! 

I must say, I thought St. James's Palace was quite special, but being here in the Globe Theatre in William Shakespeare's 400th anniversary year is even better.

Because who wrote better tales than Shakespeare?  They have lasted 400 years!  He wrote about murders and shipwrecks, fairies and witches, battles and romances.  And they still speak to us; they still make us laugh and cry and think.  We don't really know much about his life – we don't even know the precise date he was born – but we do know his stories and we still recognise the people in them.

If you think of romance, everyone remembers Romeo and Juliet. And history comes to life as Kings and Queens stride through his plays – a desperate Richard the Third crying 'My Kingdom for a horse!'  Henry the Fifth calling bravely to his soldiers 'Once more, once more unto the breach!'  Stories set all over the world: Hamlet, Pr ...

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