Literary Prizes, Awards & Honours

2016 - Word Masala Excellence in Poetry Award

2015 - Word Masala Lifetime Achievement in Poetry
2014 onwards - Royal Literary Fund Associate Fellow
2012, 2013, 2014 - Royal Literary Fellowship at Leeds Trinity University
2012 - Olympic Torchbearer in Sheffield (in the Arts & Culture category)
2011 - Paper Tigers chose Let's Celebrate! Festival Poems... as Book of the Month
2009 - 1st Prize in Muse India Poetry Translation Competition with poems & songs by Kazi Nazrul Islam
2008 - Runner-up in Muse India Short Story Competition
2008 - MBE for 'services to Literature' in the Queen's New Year Honours
17 March 2008 - Irish Community Recognition & Honour Award from Sheffield Irish Society
2007 - Mango Shake selected Book of the Birmingham Festival
2006-2009 - Royal Literary Fellowship at York St John University
2004 - Rainbow World selected as EMMA (Ethnic & Multicultural Media Award) Finalist
2006 - Honorary Life Membership & Certificate from Nasir Kazmi Society, Lahore, for fulfilling the Society's aims & especially for her work in editing and translating Generations of Ghazals: Ghazals by Nasir Kazmi & Basir Sultan Kazmi
21 Nov. 2002 - Honorary doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University for 'outstanding contribution to Literature, the Arts & Community Service'
2000 - Raymond Williams Runner-up Prize for The Redbeck Anthology of British South Asian Poetry
1999 - 'Khitish' shortlisted by Matthew Sweeney as one of the best poems published by Crocus in Manchester
1997 - 'Fifty Years Late' selected Poem of the Month by the Poetry Society
1995 - Arts Council 'Women in the Arts Travel Award'
1995 - Yorkshire & Humberside Arts Writer's Award for poetry
1994 - Bengali Women's Support Group won a National Adult Learners' Group Award for their contribution to the Sahitya Press anthology Sweet & Sour / Omlo Modhur
1992 - 2nd Prize for 'Visiting E M Forster' in the Southport Writers Circle Open Poetry Competition
1992 - 'Invitation to the Party' won Special Mention in the Ripley Poetry Competition
1992 - 'Words Between Us' Highly Commended in the Bournmouth International Festival Poetry Competition
1992 - 'Koinobori' Commended in the English Explorer Magazine National Poetry Competition
1990 - First Prize for Barbed Lines / Katar Rekha in the Raymond Williams Community Publishing Competition
1990 - The Elephant-Headed God & Other Hindu Tales selected for Children's Books of the Year
1989 - Lancaster Litfest Poetry Prize for 'The Elephant'
1989 - Peterloo Poets Prize for 'The Parrot Fortune-Teller' & 'To the English Language'
1989 - 'Two-faced' (short story) shortlisted for Artrage Literature Awards
1989 - 'Paolozzi's Magic Kingdom' (poem) shortlisted for Artrage Literature Awards
1968 - Shankar's International Children's Prize for Poetry


June 2010 - Finalist for the Lesley Pearse Woman of Courage Award, Penguin Books
17 March 2009 - Irish Festival Certificate for 'outstanding contribution to the Irish community & Irish festivals', from Sheffield Irish Society

1976 - Senate Studentship at the University of Lancaster
1969, 1971, 1972 - President's Scholarship, American University in Cairo
1968, 1970 - Full Tuition Scholarship, American University in Cairo