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Strathearn’s Amy Major makes the BBC’s 500 Words final.

Strathearn’s Amy Major makes the BBC’s 500 Words final.

Strathearn’s Amy Major makes the BBC’s 500 Words final.

Strathearn School pupil, Amy Major, from second form, will be making her way to the Tower of London in June to attend the grand final of BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words competition. Her story, ‘In the Moonlight’ is one of 25 shortlisted tales written by pupils between the ages of 10 and 13, and she is in with a chance of taking home a top prize: Chris Evans’ height in books and 500 books for Strathearn School’s library.

This prestigious competition invites kids aged from 5 to 13 to write a story in 500 words or fewer. It is judged by a panel of experts, Malorie Blackman, Charlie Higson, Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Francesca Simon, along with HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, who is an honorary judge. In addition to two category-topping prizes, two runners-up in each age group will win themselves a haul of books.

13 year-old Amy’s story has been read by an actor and uploaded to the BBC’s 500 Words website. You can hear is here, at the 9 minute 40 second mark: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p051rr2v.

The final will be a celebration of writing and Niall Horan of One Direction fame will be performing. Everyone at Strathearn School is delighted with Amy’s achievement, and wishes her all the best as she travels to London for the final next month. You can listen to the proceedings on Friday 16 June 2017 on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show to hear how Amy fares.

04 May 2017

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