With the trophies polished and the envelopes sealed, our biggest Young Muslim Writers Awards ceremony to date returned once again to Senate House in October 2014. Three hundred guests celebrated the shortlisted writers and congratulate the winners, and had the opportunity to meet with each other in our specially crafted networking reception. Here, the writers spoke with some of the judges, publishers and other figures from the arts. Muslim Hands were delighted to once again have the ceremony presented by Yusuf Islam Foundation, an umbrella organisation championing education, community development and the alleviation of poverty
Opening the ceremony, 11-year old Yunus Warsame recited from the Holy Quran followed by a dazzling line-up of entertainment featuring an animated and humorous act by award-winning storyteller and actress Alia AlZougbi, an enchanting performance by young sisters Amaani and Saffiya, and an uplifting set by global singer-songwriter and special guest Saif Adam.
Previous winner, Hanzla MacDonald, now a playwrite, shared a few words on the shortlisted pieces before presenting an award, as did authors Jane Ray and Katherine Langrish, journalist Yasmin Khatun, singer Khaleel Muhammad and many others.