“It was a great honour to be the first winner of the Award."
Roy Williams, winner 1997 and 2010
Supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation

Winning writers have received their Award for Best New Play of the Year from a sterling list of presenters which includes playwrights Mustapha Matura and Roy Williams, broadcaster Sir Trevor McDonald OBE, politicians: Lord Smith of Finsbury, Baroness Valerie Amos and politician and broadcaster Diane Abbot MP, writer and broadcaster Bonnie Greer, actors Clive Rowe and Hugh Quarshie, academic and broadcaster Professor Stuart Hall, campaigner for justice Baroness Doreen Lawrence, educationalist Professor Gus JohnReverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin and Rufus Norris, Artistic Director of the National Theartre

In 2014 Yvonne Brewster OBE presented the inaugural Outstanding Contribution to Writing Award to Mustapha Matura.

In 2015 actor Kobna Holdbrook-Smith presented the Audience Award and the Roland Rees Bursary was presented to Mark Norfolk by Yvonne Brewster OBE.