by Sam Barclay
Sam, despite all the negativity you had in quite a few years of your primary schooling, and a few more set backs along the way, you were always determined to do something that you loved doing no matter what it took. I'm very glad you proved them wrong, and even more glad that you decided to publish your first book. I'm hoping your second book does as well as the first, and gives more parents the courage to fight for their children's future. So for those things alone you are my dyslexic hero. I could go on but nobody wants an embarrassing mother!
As an English teacher in The Netherlands, I can say my dyslexia heroes are all my dyslexic pupils (aged 12 to 16) who struggle every day to try and learn English as a foreign language. Some of them can be remarkably creative in ways in which they come up with methods of learning words, expressions and grammar. I am really looking forward to your book, to read it myself and use it in my English lessons.
For me growing, it was always Duncan Goodhew I looked to. With the benefit of hindsight though not so sure if he was a good role model - I suppose what he was promoting was 'despite dyslexia....' you can succeed - problem was I was way worse at sport than reading! He was certainly made to feel 'stupid' growing up but is a very capable and articulate guy - the message should be that even in literacy dependant jobs and professions you can succeed.