Mother of Leeds Beckett student writes books in son's memory
‘After you were gone’ and ‘My letters to you’ will be launched at an event later this month. They were written by Urfana Ayub about her son Adam, who was a first year student on the Youth and Community Development degree at the time of his death.
Speaking about Adam, Caroline Mountain, a senior lecturer in the School of Health and Community Studies, said: “Although he was only at Leeds Beckett a short time, he made an impression on his fellow students. When it came to the third year and graduation, they still remembered him fondly and asked if we could do something to acknowledge his time with us. He received a posthumous award which was collected by his brother and we made an award in Adam’s name which his mother presented.”
Urfana Ayub, Adam’s Mother, said: “The death of my son inspired me to write. I have never written in my life and I am not a professional writer. I started writing a diary to express my emotions and feelings after losing my beloved eldest son Adam in 2009. The death of my son was unexpected and very sudden which kept me in shock for a while as I struggled to accept that he was not part of my life anymore.
“I found writing therapy very effective for me. I had heard a lot about the power of writing, but didn’t know how powerful it was. I used to write whenever I felt the urge to express my feelings. Sometime daily, sometimes after a week, sometimes when I was too upset, or on special occasions like birthdays, Eids or family gatherings where my heart and eyes used to look for Adam.”
The book launch will take place at Bradford Hotel on Saturday, 29 April at 6pm. You can visit www.adamayub.co.uk to get tickets and for more information about the books.