The third annual Palestine Book Awards, one of MEMO's flagship events, celebrated this year's publications on Palestine yesterday evening.
Seven books were shortlisted from the 22 entries in this year's competition. The admissions covered a range of genres including politics, poetry, memoirs and Palestinian cookery. Authors of the shortlisted books were awarded prizes.
Regarding the variety of entries and authors, the chair of the judges Victoria Brittain said: "Last year the two prize winners made a big thing in their speeches about how the ownership of the Palestinian narrative must be Palestinian, so it is great that we had very, very good memoirs this year."
And the 2014 winners are:
The event, held at a central London hotel, attracted leading figures from the political, academic and literary community. Attab Haddad, a renowned oud player, regaled guests with music from the Arab world.
This year's Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dr Salman Abu Sitta, a veteran Palestinian cartographer whose work has been invaluable in the protection of Palestinian memory and history.
"They took our geography – but we memorised it and preserved our history" Abu Sitta said during his acceptance speech.