Robert Hoge

Robert Hoge has never had a job that didn’t involve writing.

His first job was working on a sports newspaper at the University of Queensland, where he spent time interviewing future Olympic gold medallists before they became famous. Since then he’s has worked as a full-time journalist, a speechwriter, a science communicator for the CSIRO and a political advisor to the former Queensland Premier and Deputy Premier.

While he never got far with his professional lawn bowls career, Robert did get to carry the Olympic torch on its way to Sydney in 2000 and meet pop superstar Cher at the height of her fame.

Robert has had numerous short stories, articles, interviews and other works published in Australia and overseas.

When he’s not busy putting pen to paper he also enjoys photography, disability advocacy and social engagement.

Robert is married and lives in Brisbane, Australia. He has two daughters.

Ugly: My Memoir is Robert’s first book. As a result of its success, Robert wrote a younger readers version of his memoir: Ugly: A Beaut Story About One Very Ugly Kid, which has been published in Australia and the US.

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