15th Dec, 2019

Belbroughton's Esme crowned 500 Words champion at Windsor Castle

Tristan Harris 14th Jun, 2019 Updated: 17th Jun, 2019

A STORY about chickens trying to cross the road written by a Belbroughton Primary School pupil has won the ten to 13-year-old category of BBC Radio 2’s prestigious 500 words writing competition.

Esme Harrison-Jones was given the news in the salubrious surroundings of Windsor Castle live on Zoe Ball’s Breakfast Show.

Her story ‘Why did the Chicken?’ was then read out by top children’s author and Britain’s Got Talent Judge David Walliams to millions on Zoe Ball’s Breakfast Show.

The ten-year-old’s mum Victoria told The Standard: “Esme was in absolute shock and there were a few tears of joy.

“None of us could believe it, we’re still taking it in.”

Esme also got to meet the Duchess of Cornwall and other famous people.

Everyone at Belbroughton Church of England Primary School was tuned in this morning to listen to how Esme got on.

Headteacher Clare Bishop said: “The whole school has been so excited listening to David Walliams reading Esme’s story this morning.

“We are all over the moon and we are so proud of her.”

The 500 Words competition was started by former Radio 2 Breakfast Show presenter Chris Evans and in winning, Esme was awarded Chris’ height in books for herself, 500 books for her school and an illustration themed on her story.

Click here to see David Walliams reading Esme Harrison-Jones’ ‘Why did the Chicken?’

Click here to read or listen to Esme’s story.


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