Brexit invades children's own stories

News - Children Tuesday, 11 June 2019

More than 100,000 entries to 500 Words competition

Brexit is, sad to report, the children's word of the year based on analysis of the more than 100,000 entries to Oxford University Press' and BBC Radio 2's 500 Words writing competition.

There were also significant increases on the previous year in uses of the words "vegan" and "veganism", and in references to climate change. "Sloths are emerging as a favourite animal," the organisers also reported.

The 500 Words final will take place on Friday 14 June 2019 at Windsor Castle, with honorary judge HRH the Duchess of Cornwall. The readers will include Martin Sheen, Helen McCrory, David Walliams, Sandi Toksvig, Konnie Huq and Hugh Bonneville, and there will be performances from Busted, Tom Walker, and Matilda the Musical.

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