Schoolboy Jake wants to tell you a story

Jake Roberts, who has entered the Chris Evans 500 Words short story competition.
Jake Roberts, who has entered the Chris Evans 500 Words short story competition.

Jake Roberts’ way with words has landed him a prime-time radio slot with DJ Chris Evans.

Ten-year-old Jake, a pupil at Woodhouse Primary School, Brighouse, has beaten off competition from 90,000 young story-tellers to make it through to the finals of Chris Evans’ 500 words competition.

His story ‘Jeff the Hippie and the Mighty Mollusc - The Ancient Banana Blasters of Vindaloo’ is one of the last 25 in the 10-13 age group.

“I love writing stories,” said Jake. “We were listening to the radio one morning and my mum suggested that I send one of my stories in. The character of Jeff the Hippie is based on one of my school friends and the Mighty Mollusc is based on the snail at Eureka!”

Jake lives with his family at High Street, Brighouse. His dad Neil said: “Even from being in reception class Jake has loved making up little stories. He’s always been a keen reader and has a great imagination.”

Jake will find out if he is a winner live on the radio when Chris Evans’ show is broadcast from the Hay Festival on Friday morning. If he gets first prize, he stands to win a pile of books as tall as Chris Evans.

Jake also plays tennis at Wellholme Park and is a pupil at Zoe Kelly’s dance school.