Feedback from Bristol Festival of Literature Organiser, Ali Reynolds

Everyone at the event at Foyles had a terrific time. All the parents were whispering ‘she’s so good isn’t she’…you were a big hit.

A school librarian’s review from my World Book Day event

When Tracy arrived on the morning of Thursday 3rd March, the date of this year’s World Book Day she had in tow a cream steel bin which she said, when questioned, was full of props. My curiosity was aroused so I knew instantly that the boys would likewise be curious and that the session would have immediate appeal                          . . . Read more of this review

For other flattering feedback from teachers and librarians see below those of children.

from children

Thank you for such a fun morning and I am glad you became a writer! Issy

I loved your box of props. I chose the sword. Marcus

I came home today and said to my mum ‘A funny author came in today and we made up a fabulous story’. Tilly

My favourite bit was when you pretended to be a goose. Ella

I liked it when you danced. Aman

My favourite part of the story was  . . . pasta with spicy tomato sauce. Esme

I could tell everyone was having a good time as they didn’t stop laughing. Tom

I enjoyed every minute of it. Braidy

It brightened up my day. Joe

I liked what you said about David Beckham. George

I got the night-vision goggles. It was fun. Jamie

and from teachers and librarians

Your sense of humour and enthusiasm captivated the pupils who thoroughly enjoyed creating a wonderful story from your box of props – what a clever idea! Imaginations ran riot during an entertaining and instructive session and creative writing has taken on a whole new lease of life.
Alison Dobson, librarian at Clifton High School.

The children were captivated from the minute you introduced yourself and of course your ‘box’.  Your fun and friendly manner with the children meant they were engaged with the story writing session immediately.  Sharing your reasons for writing and your very ‘normal’ school life encouraged the children to believe they too could become writers.  A fabulous opportunity to meet a ‘real life’ author who understands and demonstrates how to make writing fun, relevant and exciting.
Nicky Rickets, Year 5 teacher, St. John’s School.

I would highly recommend a visit by this professional author who has stimulated the children not only to write well but also to read more.
Alex Parry, Year 5 teacher, Westbury Park School.

My very sincere thanks to you for the wonderful contribution you made to Arts’ Week. The sessions with the boys proved very popular. One father commented on his son carrying home your book saying that ‘He never usually reads!’ So, it was worth it just for that alone.
Martin Morris, Head Teacher, QEH.

We were fortunate during the summer to have Tracy Alexander visit two of our branch libraries to talk to groups of children about her writing and her recently published book.The groups of children were very mixed in age and ability but Tracy had all of them completely enthralled throughout the whole event. At the end of the event she took the time to stay and talk to parents and children and to answer many extra questions. I would not hesitate to recommend her as an author who would give a very good talk to the children and who would be very good value for money.
Jan Hartnell, Children’s Librarian, Bristol Library Service

T.M. Alexander visited Clifton College, Bristol in 2009 and in November 2010 to run workshops. Click here to read a review in their newsletter.

T.M. Alexander is a member of The Society of Authors, National Association of Writers in Education and is CRB checked.

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