Jeremy Irons Reads ‘500 Words’ Competition Winning Story

SCROLL DOWN FOR AUDIO PLAYER and photo gallery Jeremy Irons was live on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2, on the morning of 29 May 2015, to read the Gold Medal winning story in the Age 10-13 Category, in the annual ‘500 Words’ writing competition.  The ‘500 Words’ short-story writing competition had a record year in 2015, with over 120,000 children entering the competition.

Jeremy read the story It’s a Wide World, by Amabel Smith, age 10.

Video of Jeremy Irons reading “It’s a Wide World” by Amabel Smith

Kenneth Branagh and Jeremy Irons at St. James' Palace

Kenneth Branagh and Jeremy Irons at St. James’ Palace

Other celebrity readers, including Kenneth Branagh, Charles Dance and Eleanor Tomlinson, were on hand to read winning stories.  HRH The Duchess of Cornwall invited Chris Evans and the ‘500 Words’ finalists to broadcast live from St. James’ Palace and to attend a reception afterward. The broadcast also featured live music from The Vamps and Will Young.


Click below to listen to Jeremy Irons live on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show:

Listen to the entire Chris Evans Breakfast Show from 29 May HERE.

Read more about the event from – Chris Evans announces 500 Words winners

You can read all the finalists, including the six winning stories, on the500 Words website.

500 Words 2015: The Movie

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Jeremy Irons at the 2013 Hay Festival

Jeremy Irons read Four Quartets by TS Eliot on Saturday 1 June.  He introduced a screening of Trashed and also was a part of the Poetry of the Great War readings on Sunday 2 June.


Click HERE for audio of Jeremy Irons, Sinead Cusack and Rupert Evans reading The Poetry of the Great War. The actors read Josephine Hart’s programme featuring the work of Owen, Yeats, Sassoon and many others. Introduced by Francine Stock.

Jeremy Irons on his love for TS Eliot – from The Telegraph


Here are some photos and feedback from the weekend (Click on the thumbnails for larger images):

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Jeremy Irons to Introduce ‘Trashed’ Screening at Hay Festival

Jeremy Irons will introduce the screening: Trashed on Sunday 2 June 2013.

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Event 489 • Sunday 2 June 2013, 10.30am • Venue: Richard Booth’s Bookshop Cinema, 44 Lion Street

In the new docu-feature Trashed, a Blenheim Films production, produced and directed by British filmmaker Candida Brady (Madam and the Dying Swan), which was selected to receive a Special Screening at the Cannes Film Festival, Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution. This is a meticulous, brave investigative journey that takes Irons (and us) from scepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope. Brady’s narrative is vividly propelled by an original score created by Academy Award winning composer Vangelis.

Price: £7.50

Jeremy Irons to Participate in Hay Festival

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Jeremy Irons reads The Four Quartets

Event 477 • Saturday 1 June 2013, 8.30pm • Venue: Barclays Pavilion

The actor reads TS Eliot’s great masterpiece comprising Burnt Norton, East Coker, The Dry Salvages and Little Gidding.

Price: £7.00


Jeremy Irons, Sinead Cusack, Emilia Fox

The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour; The Poetry Of The Great War

Event 424 • Sunday 2 June 2013, 2.30pm • Venue: Barclays Pavilion

Actors read Josephine’s programme featuring the work of Owen, Yeats, Sassoon and many others. Introduced by Francine Stock.

Price: £9.00

Click here for tickets and more information.

Click here for tickets and more information.