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Michaela Alfred-Kamara,
Anti-Slavery International
Michaela Alfred-Kamara,
Anti-Slavery International
Michaela Alfred-Kamara,
Anti-Slavery International
Lovely nite last night. It’s super to know you and your dad – truly inspirational human beings.



Photo by Small Fry Stills

Michaela (wearing the hat,) has her copy of the book signed by Maas Roy

Mr Ivan Flynn,
Kentucky, US
Mr Ivan Flynn,
Kentucky, US
Mr Ivan Flynn,
Kentucky, US
I feel as though I have accomplished a lot this year, thanks to you and your dad; I read a whole book that actually inspired me to become a writer myself. I know I am a long way from being published but never again will I be intimidated by the cover or size of a book – not as long as I shall live.

Yvonne, I have been told by countless individuals that I should write a book about my life and now, when I tell friends and families of my desire to actually start writing, they all wish me well and want to know when they will be able to read about my secrets. Many talk of writing themselves in the future; my hope is that my efforts and honesty will inspire them – just as you and your Father have inspired me.
Cyril Husbands,
Poet and Diversity Consultant
Cyril Husbands,
Poet and Diversity Consultant
Cyril Husbands,
Poet and Diversity Consultant
Mr Archer, You are an inspiration and a genuine hero in a time when these are sorely needed and in short supply. Blessings to you, sir!
Juanita,
visitor attending an event
Juanita,
visitor attending an event
Juanita,
visitor attending an event
It is good to know there are Black men like you. Thank you for your story.
Veronica, visitor attending an event
visitor attending an event
Veronica, visitor attending an event
visitor attending an event
Veronica, visitor attending an event
visitor attending an event
It is a pleasure to see that someone like you has done so much for our generation and to write a book, which I appreciate very much. We need more about our Black history, especially our Jamaican heritage. My sister was the first Black teacher that came to Birmingham, England in the 1950s and my grandfather was an Irish flyer. Also, my dad was a also in the war. Now, my grandson is a guard at Buckingham Palace.
Ann Gumbs,
single mother of 4, visitor attending an event
Ann Gumbs,
single mother of 4, visitor attending an event
Ann Gumbs,
single mother of 4, visitor attending an event
I am going to read page 137 first. I so love to get first-hand information on how to raise our children born in England. I realise that the old traditional ways our parents brought us up was the best advice that we need today, which is so precious now. So a big ‘thank you’ to you and Yvonne for taking the time to remind us how we should bring our children up.
Anonymous message,
visitor attending an event
Anonymous message,
visitor attending an event
Anonymous message,
visitor attending an event
Dear Maas Roy, It’s great to know that there are people like you and your daughter who are keeping our history going. We need to keep it alive for the generation that’s coming up!
Irina Staneva,
Head of Student Support Working Men’s College
Irina Staneva,
Head of Student Support Working Men’s College
Irina Staneva,
Head of Student Support Working Men’s College
On behalf of the college and the students I would like to thank you for a wonderful session and truly mesmerizing presentation! Many of my colleagues commented that it was obvious you were a teacher because you were able to connect with the learners and engage them not only with the story itself but with the way you spoke. The description of your father’s life in Jamaica, his move to London and then his army life in Cyprus, struck a cord with a vast majority of our ESOL students who have gone through similar experiences themselves. At the same time your amusing description of London life in the 50s and 60s was very informative to everyone who’s only familiar with London as it is today.

Here is what one of my colleagues who comes from Eritrea and works as an administrator at college, said: “Yvonne was incredibly good interacting with students being an Esol teacher herself. I liked the fact that she wrote a book about an important figure in her life, her father. Again it was inspiring and left me feeling like I could one day pay homage to my parents in the same way Yvonne Archer did, picking up pen and paper.

Once again, I truly and thoroughly enjoyed working with you on this project and sincerely hope that we will continue to work together. It will be fantastic to see you next Thursday evening. We definitely need to keep in touch.

Yvonne talking to ESOL students during an event at the Working Men’s College, 10th November 2010 Photo by staff at the Working Men’s College.


Photo by Glen Hibbert

Student of the Year, Roger Hamilton is pictured beside Yvonne.

Lê Hải, (message sent 06.20am)
BBC Vietnamese Service
Lê Hải,
BBC Vietnamese Service
Lê Hải,
BBC Vietnamese Service
Hi Yvonne This is my private email because I’m still at home. I’ve started to read your father’s story on the tube and cannot get away from it. Just finish.

Oanne Ainger – Information Officer,
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Oanne Ainger – Information Officer,
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Oanne Ainger – Information Officer,
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Just wanted to say what a wonderful and enlightening seminar it was yesterday and I’m so glad that I came to hear your father’s story – thanks for sharing it with us.

I’d really like Danielto meet you and your Dad as you are both so inspirational and I like him to meet positive role models. I could really relate to what you were saying in your seminar about the young people and funnily enough I have discussed this beforewith my partner in that there are not enough positive role models promoted to young people, especially boys. You hear a lot about footballers and singers, but for many it’s not a very realistic aspiration, as only a (very) small percentage actually succeed in these areas. That’s why it’s nice to hear about people who have succeeded in other walks of life.

I commend people like you and your father who are trying to help others. I liked what you said as well that even if you’re ok, it’s in your interests to ensure everyone else is ok, as it’s for the good of everyone :). We studied something quite similar in economics about how the environment is sustained by communities as they all help each other. Sorry just a digression, but thanks once again.
Margot Montague – Development Design and Conservation Team
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Margot Montague – Development Design and Conservation Team
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Margot Montague – Development Design and Conservation Team
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Dear Yvonne Thank you so much for sharing your father with us. It was extremely selfless and a true gift. I thoroughly enjoyed the lunch time session. He reminded me of when I was growing up in the West Indies and we would sit on the veranda with my grandmother, now sadly departed, and she would tell us stories of Ananci spider and of her growing up in Trinidad, not as exciting as the life your father has lived but fascinating none the less. When these old people are gone then we truly miss the meaning of life.

I can only hope that we have the same privilege of sharing our life in England with our offspring. I could question him (Maas Roy) all day; I am sure he would grow tired of me but I am sure he enjoys telling his story as well and you have a rich tapestry to pass on to your children and all those you meet along the way. Safe journey back to your dad. He is a true West Indian. I hope he lives for many, many more years and I have the privilege of meeting him again.

I went to every event held at the Council office last year and had criticism of them all but this one touched the spot as none ever had Possibly because your dad reminded me of home. I was born in Trinidad. We like to think that we are Jamaicans, Bajans, Trinis etc but ultimately we are all the same.
Jeffrey Beckford,
a ‘non-reader
Jeffrey Beckford,
a ‘non-reader
Jeffrey Beckford,
a ‘non-reader
I read the foreword yesterday and I read the whole book today!

Photo by Small Fry Stills

Maas Roy with Aunt Ruby and her son Jeffrey

Lorna Jackson,
Small Fry Stills & Films
Lorna Jackson,
Small Fry Stills & Films
Lorna Jackson,
Small Fry Stills & Films
Just listening to you sharing your brilliant ideas. (response to Genesis Radio interview)
Christine Bramble,
Magazine Editor/Writer
Christine Bramble,
Magazine Editor/Writer
Christine Bramble,
Magazine Editor/Writer
What a fantastic inspiring evening. You must be so proud of each other.
Colin Grant,
Author/BBC Broadcaster
Colin Grant,
Author/BBC Broadcaster
Colin Grant,
Author/BBC Broadcaster
It’s been fun being in the same room with my mum as she’s been reading Life According to Maas Roy. There are a lot of ‘that’s right and ‘aahumms’ coming from her direction.
Meg Phillip,
Author of Love by Text
Meg Phillip,
Author of Love by Text
Meg Phillip,
Author of Love by Text
Morning Yvonne, If you did ever see the land speed I broke to get there (Waterstone’s reading). Batter-batter wid did bus an de tube, go to de wrong shop den leg it dung Upper St! I was slightly breathless when I arrived but I made it and it hadn’t even started yet!

I really enjoyed it. I mean really, really enjoyed it. It was very inspirational,educational and fun; which makes all the difference.
Pete Spence,
Musician, South of France
Pete Spence,
Musician, South of France
Pete Spence,
Musician, South of France
I’ve read four chapters so far and I feel like I’m right there with him, I like the ‘chatty’ style, I’ve laughed a lot reading it.
J.E.Philip “Michelle” Wow,
10 Oct 2009 (Amazon.com)
J.E.Philip “Michelle” Wow,
10 Oct 2009 (Amazon.com)
J.E.Philip “Michelle” Wow,
10 Oct 2009 (Amazon.com)
An absolutely fantastic read; so good I finished it in less than a day. It was very informative, educational, inspiring and oh my god! It’s one of those books I’ll read repeatedly and never grow tired of. Well done!