Various 500 Words: Black Lives Matter


Code 9781787419605
A collection of the inspiring, moving and poignant short stories, submitted by children from across the country aged between 5-13.
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Author: Various Various

Date Published: 03-Sep-2020

Launched in 2011 by Chris Evans, 500 Words, the world's biggest story-writing competition for kids, has encouraged children everywhere to explore their creativity and celebrate the power of storytelling. In response to the Black Lives Matter movement around 6,00 children aged 5-13 years submitted their inspiring, moving and poignant short stories as part of a special 10th anniversay competition. Shortlisted by a judging panel chaired by Angellica Bell and Michael Underwood, this collection of one hundred timely tales reflects the empathy, compassion and respect of the young authors. With writing tips from head judges Malorie Blackman, Frank Cottrill-Boyce, Charlie Higson and Francesca Simon, 500 Words: Black Lives Matter is a celebration of the written word which reflects on a world-defining movement.

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The empathy and observation within these stories is truly inspiring. These children's understanding of the world around us and the changes that need to be made, give me real hope for the generation of tomorrow * Nicole Kidman *
I loved this writing competition for providing young people with an opportunity to be creative, express themselves and help make sense of this extraordinary human experience we've all been through * Gugu Mbatha-Raw *
Our future feels in good hands with these phenomenal, powerful stories. I found them genuinely moving, thought provoking and they gave me such hope. What a wonderful and inspiring project to be involved in and what incredible future screen-writers, novelists, authors and warriors we have in waiting for the years to come. Such a joyful and important creative endeavour beautifully carried out * Amanda Abbington *
The standard and quality of the stories are awe-inspiring. They are poignant, moving and some extremely heartfelt. My congratulations to all the finalists. * Jim Broadbent *
The incredible talent on display in these stories is truly impressive. This genuinely moving and authentic writing is a much needed rallying cry for change * Mark Strong *
I was so moved by the range of skilful, moving stories featured in 500 Words: Black Lives Matter. These are some seriously talented young writers. * Colin Jackson *
In a time of such bleak uncertainty, these gifted and sensitive young writers give great hope for the future. I encourage them all to keep writing and using their talent * Rob Brydon *
Poignant, incredibly assured and deeply emotional story telling. Their brilliant response to why Black lives matter, is an exemplary model for empathy , compassion and understanding of the world we live in. I have been blown away by the quality and skill of these young writers. * Shobna Gulati *
I think the 500 words competition this year focusing on the Black lives matter movement is a wonderful way to get young children to learn and understand about the importance of equality. It allows children to be creative and describe their feelings and this is so important for their mental health' * Joe Wicks *

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