Contest for child authors

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Children across Calderdale are writing their own stories in support of BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words competition.

The national contest encourages young people aged 13 and under to write a creative story of no more than 500 words.

Last year 10-year-old Jake Roberts, from Brighouse, entered the competition and made it through to the national final.

Jake’s story, Jeff the Hippie and the Mighty Mollusc - the Ancient Banana Blasters of Vindaloo, was shortlisted from 90,000 entries and made it to the final 25.

His story is based on a snail at the Eureka! Museum in Halifax and was a favourite with DJ Chris Evans.

Calderdale Council wants to celebrate the successes of local children by encouraging as many entries as possible locally and nationally.

Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for Children and Young People’s Services, Councillor Megan Swift, said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity to encourage children to write, and of course showcase the talents of young people.”