Robert Hoge was born with a massive tumour, severe facial disfigurement and physical deformities. His memoir tells the story of growing up in Brisbane and the struggle to be recognised for his creativity and intelligence rather than his physical appearance. Robert's sessions provoke powerful and moving discussion about beauty, ugliness and how we value ourselves.
Robert Hoge would be the ugliest person you've met - except you probabaly haven't met him yet. When you do, he'll talk to you about looking strange, being disabled and how we're all a little different from each other. You can also read about those things in his book, Ugly. Robert's inspirational story was captured and aired on the ABC's Australian Story, September 16, 2013.
"I really enjoyed the visit from Robert Hoge because I found his story very interesting and inspiring. I thought he was very confident and brave and he wasn’t afraid to be open with us, which I found really awesome. After his visit, I think I have a better understanding of the acceptance of everyone, no matter how different or unique they are. " Year 6 student.
St Hilda's School - November, 2017St Hilda's School - November, 2017Robert Hoge
Inspirational, extremely open to students questions, flexible to school routine, excellent speaker.
A B Paterson College - February 2017A B Paterson College - February 2017Robert Hoge
Robert was fantastic, such a pleasure to have as a presenter, very flexible – just going along with the flow!! The students & staff loved having Robert here at the school.
Robert Hoge - A.B. Paterson College - February, 2016Robert Hoge - A.B. Paterson College - February, 2016Robert Hoge
Robert Hoge's visit to A B Paterson College to speak to Yr 7 & 9 excelled expectations. Robert was extremely flexible in fitting-in with the routine of our Activities Days. I will definitely book Robert again, in fact, staff commented that they would love to have him back to speak to all our students. I would thoroughly recommend Robert to other schools - he is an extremely engaging speaker. I don't have any suggestions for improvement - it was such a privilege to have Robert speak at our school
Robert Hoge - A.B. Paterson College, February 2015Robert Hoge - A.B. Paterson College, February 2015Robert Hoge
He absolutely met expectations. Robert was wonderful!
Robert Hoge - Moreton Bay BoysRobert Hoge - Moreton Bay BoysRobert Hoge