MWA Press Release

MWA Press Release

The Muslim Writers Awards, in association with Muslim Hands, last night celebrated five years of contribution of Muslim writers to the fields of arts and literature at the world famous Shakespeare’s Globe theatre.

Supporters of the MWA included Penguin Group, Puffin Books, Islam Channel, Waqf, Picsel UK, The Cordoba Foundation, Nida Trust and the Brit Writers Awards.

Amongst the audience were Ambassadors, publishers and authors who enjoyed qawaalis, spoken-word poetry and folk music from Canadian-born singer and children’s book author, Dawud Wharnsby.

Asad Ahmad, BBC Broadcaster, one of the judges in the Young Journalist Award said, “Journalism has not traditionally been a profession which young Muslims look to get into. Anything which might encourage young people to look into journalism as a career, I think should be encouraged and should be developed. And that’ s why I accepted the opportunity to become a judge, to look at the talent that is out there and as well as that to encourage people to do more in this profession”.

Manzur Majid, Senior Business Manager of Picsel UK Ltd, when presenting the Writer of the Year Award said, “it is not just about the writing but about the person behind it. What MWA does is build bridges and help people to share stories, develop common ground and help to develop positive, inclusive narratives which will enable all of us to live in a healthier more vibrant society with respect for everyone and their individual contributions. It’s a noble cause and I salute all our partners that strive with us towards this end. It was a tough decision because we feel that all the winners tonight reflect these aims”.
Tam Hussein, winner of both the Unpublished Short Story and Writer of the Year Award 2011 said; “For the Unpublished Short Story I was very happy to have received recognition for my work and to become chosen as the Writer of the Year Award, I feel very gracious to have received such an Award from amongst so many talented people.”

Winners are:
Published Novel
Shahriar Mandanipour – Censoring an Iranian Love Story (Abacus, Little, Brown Book Group)

Unpublished Poetry
zkthepoet – Kitchen Set Libel, and others

Young Journalist (16-25)
Siraj Datoo – Ethnic Profiling, and others

Unpublished Short Story
Tam Hussain – Little Flecks of Silver

Published Children’s Book
Na’ima B. Robert – Far From Home (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, Janetta Otter-Barry Books)

Stage and Screen Play
Malik Basso – Somewhere Near You

Unpublished Children’s Story
Mehded Sinclair – When Wings Expand

Unpublished Novel
Ahmed Masoud – Gaza Days

Writer of the Year 2011
Tam Hussain

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