A BRIGHOUSE youngster is celebrating after making it to the final 25 of a story competition.
Dominic Hawes of Lightcliffe Road, Brighouse, reached the final from more than 74,000 entries in the event organised by Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans.
The challenge was to write an original fictional story in fewer than 500 words. Dominic’s story was called Poles Apart, a science fiction novel.
Dominic who attends The Gleddings in Halifax had a 0.01 per cent chance of getting through. As part of his prize for being a finalist Dominic was invited to go to Hay-on-Wye literary festival.
At the festival Dominic was one of the audience who took part in an interview of David Walliams by Chris Evans on his breakfast show.
The finalists were given jingles to learn and answers to shout out during the live broadcast.
After the show Dominic met David Walliams, who was the head judge of the competition, John Barrowman, Catherine Tate, Alex Jones, Richard Wilson, Helen Skelton and Daniel Roche.
The nine-year-old said: “It was amazing to be shortlisted and to listen to my story being read out on the BBC’s website. I really loved going to Hay and taking part in the live broadcast and doing other things at the festival. It was a brilliant experience to meet the actors and celebrities after the broadcast.
“They were very encouraging and friendly and I was thrilled to meet so many lovely people at Hay.” His mum, Raichel, said: “It was a fantastic experience for him. The whole experience of being there for the recording was really interesting. His grandparents are very proud of him being shortlisted against such massive odds, as are his two brothers and me and his dad.”