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GCU student pays tribute to drama group who inspired her to become a published poet

Fri, 31 Jan 2020 16:19:00 GMT
Maya would also encourage fellow GCU students to follow a passion away from the classroom
Maya would also encourage fellow GCU students to follow a passion away from the classroom

A GCU student has had a poem published in a leading academic’s book after being inspired by a local drama group which helped turn her life around.

Second year Diagnostic Imaging student Maya Farzia was encouraged by her mum to take drama classes at Ignite Theatre in Knightswood to help improve her confidence.

The group worked with Glasgow University’s UNESCO Chair which focuses on refugee integration through languages and the arts. Glasgow University lecturer Dr Gameli Kodzo Tordzro, who was involved in the programme, quickly identified Maya as a talented writer and wanted her work to feature in his book.

“Funtunfunefu ‘Synched’” focuses on the importance of sharing as a global community and brings together eight different writers from across Africa and Europe.

Maya said: “I couldn’t believe it when I found out my work was going to be published - it was absolutely mind-blowing. I was bullied at secondary school and there were times where I felt completely cornered in life and wanted to give up. If it wasn’t for the support of my family and friends, I would never have been able to be involved in anything like this.

I’ve been going to Ignite Theatre for the last five or six years. It wouldn’t be doing it justice to say being there has boosted my confidence – it’s changed my life and is now like another home to me.“

Maya would also encourage fellow GCU students to follow a passion away from the classroom.

She said: “It’s very easy for the whole university experience to become overwhelming with coursework and exams. There are always going to be issues in life however it’s absolutely crucial that there’s something that helps you relax. Whether it’s going to the gym or being with friends – you need to take time and make yourself a priority.”

By Ross Clark

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