ABU DHABI // Two contributors to The National on Saturday have won prizes at the UK's Muslim Writers Awards. Faisal al Yafai won in the journalism category for a selection of six articles, including a comment piece about the politics of race in the West after the election of Barack Obama as US president. "I was very genuinely surprised that I had won because of the kind of people I was running against," he said.
Shelina Zahra Janmohamed, who has written on Valentine's Day and the Darfur crisis for The National on Saturday, won in the published nonfiction category for her book Love in a Headscarf. The author is interviewed in today's issue of M magazine. The Muslim Writers Award is an annual event in its third year, and was set up to encourage creative expression among the UK's Muslim population. firstname.lastname@example.org