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Haygrove School student wins Radio 2 writing competition
HAYGROVE School student, Olivia Hunt, beat 90,000 other young people to win first prize in the BBC Radio 2 '500 Words' writing competition.
Her prize included a stack of books the height of Radio 2 Breakfast Show DJ, Chris Evans (1.88m), plus 500 books for her school's library which were delivered to Haygrove in October.
School librarian, Petra Wheeler, said: “We have just opened a brand new library here at Haygrove School so it is wonderful to have so many new books to put on the shelves.”
Olivia first heard about the Radio 2 writing competition when her English teacher asked each member of her class to write a short story, of no more than 500 words, about anything they liked.
Her story, 'Your Life', was inspired by books like 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' by John Boyne and 'The Truman Show' film starring Jim Carrey, and is about a town of people living underground, constantly being filmed for the amusement of the 'civilisation' living above ground.
An illustrious panel that included Top Gear presenter, Richard Hammond, and internationally famous children's authors such as Charlie Higson (who has written the Young Bond series) and 'Tracy Beaker' author Dame Jacqueline Wilson, judged the books, and Olivia was awarded the top spot for her age category (10 to 13 years), and invited to attend the Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival to meet Chris Evans and receive her gold medal.
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