Robert Hoge has worked as a journalist, a speechwriter, a science communicator for the CSIRO and a political advisor to the former Queensland Premier and Deputy Premier. He has had numerous short stories, articles, interviews and other works published in Australia and overseas. He also enjoys photography, and is interested in disability advocacy and social engagement. While he never went far with his professional lawn bowls career, Robert did carry the Olympic torch in 2000.


His memoir, Ugly, is about growing up ugly and disabled. It’s also about bad haircuts and reading and awful teen love poems and underarm bowling as a metaphor for… well, you’ll just have to read the book.


He lives in Brisbane and has an amazing wife and two wonderful daughters.

Find out more about me

I’ve done a lot of interviews and speeches that are available online. Here’s a few:


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Find me in my
favourite coffee shop



If you’re ever in Wynnum, drop by Cafe Green Bean in Edith St. The coffee is good, the food excellent, and the owners, Cyrus and Izzie, are friendly and sincere.


Most days when I was writing Ugly, I’d head out for a morning walk to the bay, wander along the foreshore and I’d drop by Cafe Green Bean on the way back for a mug of skinny flat white. I’d talk to the team at Cafe Green Bean and sit at the front bar and watch Wynnum walk by. Once a delivery van driver backed his truck into a street sign outside and knocked it over but he got out and put it back up, so that was okay.


If you’re ever in the Bayside about 9:30am,
drop by Green Bean and say hello.