Camilla Hosts BBC2’s 500 Words Competition Final
As patron of the National Literacy Trust, the Duchess of Cornwall hosted the final of BBC2’s 500 Words Competition at St James’ Palace today.
Camilla delivered a speech reiterating the importance of reading and storytelling for children, before presenting the six winners with their medals and award book. “Like climbing though the wardrobe into Narnia, stories open doors into different worlds. We meet impossible people, travel to remote places and make hundreds of new friends. We look around with new eyes and recognise Horrid Henry next door or Professor Snape the chemistry teacher in the school down the road,” the Duchess told the audience, stating that “thebest stories show us what we all have in common.”
The 500 Words Competition is aimed at children under the age of 13, encouraging them to write a fictional story. This year, over 120,000 entries were submitted to the competition. Amabel Smith’s It’s A Wide World took first place in the 10-13yr category, while the 5-9 category was won by Sofia Zambuto’s Fight For Life.
Among those present reading the winning stories were actors Sir Kenneth Branagh and Jeremy Irons.Filed under The United Kingdom
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