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1 June 2012: John travelled to the Hay Festival to read one of the winning stories in BBC Radio 2's live broadcast of Chris Evans' 500 Words Short Story Competition. He is pictured below with judge David Walliams, story-writer Millie Haldane and presenter Alex Jones. Millie won second prize in the 10-13 age group with her story, "Splash", which John read live on air.

The standard of all the stories was exceptionally high. The winning entries can be read on the competition website.

The annual Hay Literary Festival, held in the historic town of Hay-on-Wye in Wales, attracts writers from all over the world.

John with David Walliams, Alex Jones and the winner of the Silver Award of the 500 Words Competition


John with the presenters and winnners of the 500 Words Competition

John with (back row left to right) Alex Jones, Will Young, Helen Skelton, Richard Wilson, Catherine Tate, Daniel Roche and David Walliams
(Front row) Winners Isobel Harwood, Poppy Holloway, Guy Rose, Millie Haldane, Isobel Murray and Eloise Schaw Miller