Muslim Writers Awards recognise Britain’s literary talent

The annual Muslim Writers Awards will recognise the breadth and quality of literary talent within the UK’s Muslim community tomorrow at the ICC in Birmingham. The Awards have already attracted support from the Prime Minister, local government and celebrity advocates like Jermaine Jackson and James Caan (Dragon’s Den). The ceremony will be broadcast live to millions of viewers across the UK, Europe and the Middle East by Islam Channel. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has 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. Through literature we can learn about disparate cultures and widen our perspectives of the world. 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 its second year, and is organised by Innovate Arts – a non-profit body. MWA 2008 will recognize the work of 26 writers across eight categories, with the prestigious “Writer of the Year” awards being presented by Jermaine Jackson at the glittering Awards gala.http://www.themuslimweekly.com/newsdetails/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=E093CE770C98BFA4A0853E30&MENUID=HOMENEWS&DESCRIPTION=UK%20News