The Muslim Writers Awards celebrates its first five years at the 2011 Award Ceremony on 22nd November!
Since embarking on their mission to instil a love of literature and inspire British Muslims to share stories, the organisers behind the MWA have seen it grow into the biggest competition of its kind in the world. This year submissions have spanned 5 continents with entries received for three new categories: Journalist, Published Children’s Book and Stage & Screenplays.
Project Director, Irfan Akram said, “We’re incredibly pleased to see how the quality of writing has been improving consistently since 2006. We’re clear that the future for good literature by Muslims, and through that for British Muslims themselves, is extremely promising.”
Penguin and Puffin books are long terms partners of MWA which has helped to set up numerous writing and reading initiatives and delivered writing workshops in partnerships with schools, libraries, publishing figures and authors to over 12,000 people!
The Award ceremonies have become landmark events which broadcast live on TV to millions across the world. This year, Dawud Wharnsby, author of a new book for children will perform a soulful folk melody alongside classical qawaal’s from Ali Abbas which is sure to dazzle. Poetry from zkthepoet and Warsan Shire will also enchant and entertain an eclectic audience made up of authors, publishers and influencers from the world of arts, politics, business and civil society.
Simon Prosser, Publishing Director of Hamish Hamilton and Penguin Books, speaking on behalf of the judging panel said about one of the shortlisted entries, “We all admired the compassion and honesty of this entry; the way it never preached, but instead provided a window into a world, which is evoked here with great power and originality.”
Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Cabinet Minister & Conservative Party Co-Chairman said, “The entrants, and everyone involved in the awards, are doing something particularly important: inspiring other people to pick up the pen. I want to commend everyone involved from the organisers to supporters, the nominees to the judges – and wish you all the best.”
Benjamin Zephaniah, author, poet and Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing, Brunel University said, “I’d like to pay respect to the Muslim Writers Award’s and most of all I’d like to wish the contributing writers all the best."