Aidan is a 500 Words Finalist!

There's great excitement here as Aidan O'Neill, Year 7, is a Finalist in the BBC National 500 Words short story competition, run by Chris Evans on Radio 2. What an incredible achievement. There were 132 thousand stories entered, and Aidan's story 'In the Trenches', which he wrote in Mr Virot's English class, is in the top 50. Wow!

Aidan and a guest will be whisked off on a trip to the Final at the Tower of London on 16 June. The royally star studded event will be broadcast live to 10 million people on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show, so you can listen in.

Stories were judged on their originality, plot, characterisation, language and enjoyment, which Aidan's certainly had. You can read his story in the Summer 2017 issue of VIBE, or listen to a dramatic reading of it from a special BBC podcast below. Have a listen to the rest of the finalists' stories too, there's some fantastic writing.

Good luck at the Final Aidan! We're so proud of you.

Listen to Aidan's story