Third Year Vishal Saha has been announced as the BBC 500 Words winner in the 10-13 age group category. This is the first time a Hamptonian has won this prestigious award.

The 500 Words competition, is one of the most successful story-writing competitions for children in the country. This year there were a staggering 135,000 entries – a new record!

Vishal’s story, The Diary of a £5 Note, was shortlisted for showing extraordinary creativity and imagination and judged to be a winning entry by the 500 Words‘ panel of judges made up of acclaimed children’s authors Malorie Blackman, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Charlie Higson and Francesca Simon, alongside Honorary Judge, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall. Vishal’s story was read by comedian and children’s author David Walliams who warmly praised Vishal on his achievement.

To listen to Vishal’s story The Diary of a £5 Note read by David Walliams click below:


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