Mirza, she wrote...

Shazia named columnist of the year

Shazia Mirza has been named magazine columnist of the year for her fortnightly articles in New Statesman magazine.

The Muslim stand-up took the prize in the consumer category at the Periodical Publishers Association awards in London, after judges said her column in the political weekly ‘gives an insight into a whole culture that does not have a voice in the British media’.

The Guardian has previously praised her, too, saying: ‘She writes as a feisty young Muslim woman with a sel-deprecating and needle sharp humour, prepared to break taboos and make us think about the most controversial issues of our time, from suicide bombers to virginity’.

Click here to read her latest column.

Published: 12 May 2008

Today's comedy-on demand picks


This is the show that celebrated the launch of Nick Helm's album in 2016, and has previously been unseen by anyone who was not in the O2 Forum Kentish Town that night.

With typical hyperbole, the show is described thusly: 'Under-rehearsed, under-prepared and under pressure, Nick and his band somehow managed to pull together the greatest show in the last 27 years of living memory. That show went down as a thing of legend, often spoken about by weary travellers around campfires, but thought to have been lost to the sands of time forever.'

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