Belfast Telegraph

Evans story show live from palace

Radio 2 breakfast show host Chris Evans is to broadcast from St James's Palace after enlisting the support of the Duchess of Cornwall for his children's short story contest.

The final of his 500 Words competition - now in its fifth year - will be staged at the palace in late May with the writers of the 50 top entries to be invited.

The Duchess has long been a supporter of literacy initiatives and is a patron of the National Literacy Trust.

She will also attend a special "story laboratory" to mark the launch of this year's contest - which aims to find promising young writers - at Weston Park Primary School, London, on Wednesday.

Under-13s can take part by writing a work of fiction no longer than 500 words with entries through the Radio 2 website at

The judging panel includes Top Gear's Richard Hammond, plus writers Francesca Simon, Charlie Higson, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman.

Six winners will eventually be chosen, with their works read out on air by famous names - last year's included Benedict Cumberbatch and Hugh Bonneville.

Evans said: "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 50 finalists on the day.

"Get writing and get in the mix, by Royal Appointment."


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