Delighted to have been invited to the presentation of the Muslim Young Writers’ Awards last Saturday at the Senate House at London University. I was one of the judges in 2014 but couldn’t attend the ceremony – and was SO pleased to be able to go this year.
What a wonderful, positive, vibrant occasion it was. The Senate House packed with confident, talented young people and their supporters and families. There were speeches given by high profile guests and judges, including Louis de Bernieres, Roopa Farooki, Tim Bowler, Caryl Hart and many others, all emphasizing the power of story and of the imagination and encouraging the young finalists to keep writing, keep reading and change the world for the better.
And I certainly left feeling that this new generation of British Muslims could do just that.
A timely reminder of how much these young people can contribute to our society.