Reading Competition 2019

write a story • win a chance to get it published • get it made into film


Our panel of celebrity judges

Our celebrity panel is very distinguished and we are immensely grateful that they are prepared to give their time to help this competition be a success.


Ade Adepitan

Ade Adepitan is Britain's inspirational wheelchair basketball player. Childhood polio forced him into a wheelchair but once he discovered wheelchair basketball his burning ambition was to win gold for his country. In the 2002 and 2005 European Championship he won bronze and silver. At the Athens 2004 Paralympics as Captain of the GB team he sunk the winning shot to win  bronze. He finally  fulfilled his ambition of winning gold  by again producing the winning shot at the 2005 world Championship. Now a television presenter he covered London's 2012 Paralympics for Channel 4 to wide acclaim endearing himself to the public with his knowledge, his charm - and those dreadlocks!


Alistair McGowan

Alistair McGowan is a man of many parts: an impressionist, stand-up comedian, actor, singer and writer. His series 'The Big Impression' was for years the BBC'c top rated comedy programme winning a BAFTA award in 2003. He is an acclaimed actor winning a nomination for an Olivier award for his role in 'Little Shop of Horrors' and his play 'Timing' won the award for Best New Comedy. In 2013 he wowed audiences with a stand up show with Eddie Izzard, performed entirely in French! He's mad about sport so you'll catch him regularly on 'A Question of Sport' and Radio 5 Live's Wimbledon commentary team.


Jill Green

Film Producer Jill Green is an outstanding independent producer specialising in high concept, high quality film and TV projects. Notably she produced the UK's largest viewed event drama 'Collision' and the BAFTA award winning 'Foyle's War'.  She is currently producing a feature film 'Miss Garnet's Angel'.


Patricia Hodge

Patricia Hodge is one of Britains best known stars of stage and screen. She was nominated twice for an Olivier award for Best Actor in a Musical before winning the 2000 Olivier award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 'Money'. She was also nominated for a BAFTA award for her performance in 'Hotel du Lac'. She has appeared in many films notably Harold Pinter's 'Betrayal'. We've all seen her recently as Miranda's mother in the BBC sitcom 'Miranda'. - See more at:


‘Bullseye’ from an original story by Evie Kimber. The Old Vicarage School

Winner: Best Original Script.

Best Voice Over

Best Actress

‘Wolves’ from an original story by Bertie Mead. Lowther Primary School

Winner: Best Costume

Innovation Award

‘A Race to Remember’ from an original story by Rohan Shaunak. The Mall School

Winner: Best Original Story

Best Actor

Best Supporting Actor

Best Use of Props