The large propellor in one of the pictures is in Liverpool, where Delshad had to travel to sign papers. It was taken from the ship The Titanic and bought back to England.
This story was made at a workshop for students studying English as a Foreign Language at City of Bristol College. It was led by Harriet Brennan, Aikaterini Gegisian and Paddy Uglow and was supported by Bristol’s Museums, Galleries & Archives.
My name is Delshad Mageed. I’m from Kurdistan north of Iraq
I came to the UK 26th of October 2002 I first arrived in Coventry, near to Birmingham, then I moved to Bristol in January. I was unemployed, also without English language at all. I felt like an alien person as you can see in my photo.
I started to study and work. I found a job in Whiteladiesin Clifton in April in a restaurant. I earned £4.50 per hour. I worked in the kitchen. I worked there six nights a week for about 18 months. I worked with other Kurdish people because my English was bad. But the same week I started at the restaurant, I also started English classes in the morning at the City of Bristol College. I was very tired! But I made many friends from different countries.
When my English got better and better I changed my job and I worked for ASDA about 18 months as well. I used to study hard to improve my English and I changed my job again. Now I am working for Excel Management Services and I study as well at a high level at City of Bristol College.
When I look back on the day I arrived in the U.K. I realize how far I’ve travelled. Now I no longer feel like an alien. Now I feel comfortable and I feel like a normal person. I feel part of Bristol.
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