Worcester schoolboy wins Radio 2 ‘500 words’ story competition

‘The Poo Fairy’, by Evan Boxall, won gold prize in the age five to nine category of the BBC Radio 2 contest.

Evan Boxall aged 7 of Redhill Primary School, Worcester is son to Mel Boxall, Babcock Prime’s Sensory Impairment Professional Lead. Mel said of the win “We are all still a bit in shock!!”

The radio 2 500 words competition encourages under-13s to write a story about any fictional subject. Evan’s entry about a fairy who turns dog mess into fairy dust, was one of 134,790 entries from young writers.

The winners were chosen by a celebrity panel of authors – Malorie Blackman, Francesca Simon, Charlie Higson and Fran Cottrell-Boyce. Fran said of Evan’s story that it was “A brilliantly silly concept - the Poo Fairy - that was rigorously thought-through, full of great jokes but coming to a thoughtful, insightful conclusion. A really mature and accomplished piece of storytelling.”

Evan and his family were invited to the live final at Hampton Court Palace on Friday 8th June 2018. Radio 2 DJ, Chris Evans presented the final, which was a celebration of story-telling and live music. Celebrities in attendance included Dara O’Briain, Jim Broadbent, Shobna Gulati, Jason Isaacs and HRH the Duchess of Cornwall plus music from Bastille, John Newman and Alexandra Burke.

Evan had his story read by David Walliams then won a ride in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Winners were treated to tea on the Queen’s barge, Gloriana, with cakes made by former Bake Off winner, Candice.

Evan will get Chris Evans’ height in books plus 500 books for his school so it’s been an amazing weekend!

Mel said “We are incredibly proud of Evan and were honoured enough to be attending the final, so him winning was the icing on the cake!! He only entered at the very last minute after hearing about Chitty – he’s a huge fan”.

Read ‘The Poo Fairy’: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/9tdhLJ6qly0QmwVV0lVBnG/the-poo-fairy

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