The annual Muslim Writers Awards 2008 recognised the breadth and quality of literary talent within the UK’s Muslim community at a glittering ceremony – attended by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi and guest of honour Jermaine Jackson.
The event took place on 29 March 2008 at the ICC in Birmingham, and attracted support from the Prime Minister and celebrity advocates such as James Caan (Dragon’s Den).
Kashif Choudhry (28), a doctor from Solihull triumphed at the Short Story award for his piece, Bedtime Story. While Fatima Martin from Surrey, took the Novel Award, for her debut masterpiece, When the Mountains are Scatttered from Dust.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown pledged his support for the awards, stating: “This is a wonderful opportunity to bring excellent writing by Muslim writers to new audiences, and increase the mutual understanding of the people of Britain. I would like to congratulate all of the participating writers and the winners of this year’s awards.”
The Muslim Writers Awards initiative is now in it’s second year, and is organised by Innovate Arts – a non-profit body. Imran Akram, Head of Innovate Arts said: “The 10,000 submissions we received clearly demonstrates that British Muslims are passionate about creative expression.”
Entries for next years awards are due to open this month, please visit http://www.muslimwritersawards.co.uk for details.
Read the winning entries by clicking on their respective titles.