Syima Aslam, the founder of the Bradford Literature Festival, was last night announced as the winner of the Hospital Club h 100 Award in the publishing and writing category.
Aslam beat off competition from authors and publishers including Robert McFarlane and illustrator Jackie Morris, nominated for The Lost Words (Hamish Hamilton), journalist and author Reni Eddo Lodge, novelist Kit de Waal, and Sharmaine Lovegrove, founder of Dialogue Books.
The Hospital Club h 100 Awards were set up 10 years ago to recognise “influential and innovative” talent in the UK’s creative industries.
Aslam was announced as the winner at a ceremony at the Hospital Club, a private members venue, last night, alongside the winners of nine other categories such as Fashion, Film and Games. Other winners included actress Eve Myles, who won the broadcast category, and cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who was given the music prize.
The Bradford Literature started in 2014 and this year’s event welcomed speakers such as David Starkey, Jeanette Winterson, Robin Ince, Elif Shafak, Ben Okri, Suzi Quatro, Akala, Frank Bruno, Nimco Ali, Dennis Skinner and David Starkey.