Hugo Roberts

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Website of writer/editor and web designer Hugo Roberts with his life story, literary awards, published prose and poems. There is a section writers' resources with the author's favorite books and sites. There are links to: news by or about him, a complete list of his prose, to his namesakes (other people named Hugo Roberts) where you can find out about your own namesakes and names, a page with new jokes every week, and to a contact page for questions or feedback. Also, you can click here to go to Easy Comments or scroll down to it and quickly post remarks, feedback, or questions. Please help the author find a lost copy of an article or request his services.
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Life story
Like his stories, the life of Hugo Roberts can be called anything except boring. It started with his birth during World War II (1942) in a slum of Paramaribo, Suriname (South America). At the age of nine he was caught stealing old books from the school basement. When asked why, he explained that he had read all the books in the school library. He was sentenced to ask his parents for a library card of CCS, the largest library in the country. Since then, he spent more time there than in school. From the fifth grade on he told his friends made-up stories. They were disappointed (one even got furious) if he ever could not tell them the ending. After eight years of school he started doing odd jobs to support himself and help support his family. A few years later he found steady work: in the jungle and finally as a customs officer in Paramaribo (see first photo).

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At the age of 20 he immigrated to The Netherlands were he worked as a factory worker, a bookkeeper and in the mid-60's as a computer programmer for Philips and ESSO (now EXXON). He started a computer school and service bureau "Systems 2000" in 1970, which was the reason two newspapers (one in Suriname and one in Holland) printed his life story, featuring the photo in uniform. If you can provide the writer with a copy of this article, please click:
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Computer Consultant/Counselor in New York

After living in Holland for ten years, his business failed and he moved to the United States. As a green card holder living permanently in New York City, he obtained a high school equivalency diploma and B.A. degrees. As part of college classes in English, he wrote a few stories and essays. Soon there was no time for writing since he’d picked up three hobbies: social dancing, traveling, and karate. He worked in computers and later as a counselor.









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Psychologist/Writer in The Hague, The Netherlands

About two decades later, he moved back to The Netherlands where he initially worked as a counselor/social worker. He completed a graduate degree and attained the qualifications for a senior psychologist (registered "Gezondheidszorgpsycholoog") and Family and Relational therapist a few years before he was eligible for early retirement. In preparation for retirement he decided to finally pick up his lifelong hobby: writing. From the year 2000 on, he attended more than a dozen writing courses and workshops, such as at the Schrijversvakschool ‘t Colofon (now Schrijversschool) in Amsterdam and the correspondence courses Fiction Writing levels 1, 2, and 3 at The University of Iowa. Beatrijs Nolet, renowned Dutch writer of children’s books and teacher of writers’ workshops, was an important teacher, mentor and coach; she taught him the nitty-gritty of the craft.






If you want to read a story by Hugo Roberts...
This story was written in the hope that some Nepali
might become aware of a number of dangerous situations.
He was pleased to notice that his story was chosen
and made available online by The Kathmandu Post/
Fiction Park, please click: "Highway Jaywalkers"


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Because of his interest in people and their cultures he traveled to more than 25 countries and lived on four continents. He was married a couple of times, has four children and three grandchildren. Presently he has a Nepali wife, a stepson and a stepdaughter, and lives mostly in Asia (Nepal, India and Cambodia). While topping off his education in fiction writing at The University of Iowa, he took numerous courses at the Writers Digest School (Writers Online Workshops), and the Writers Village University. He’s still actively writing, editing, and designing websites. If you have comments or questions, or if you need help, please click: Contact/Feedback for Hugo Roberts. In case you want to engage his services and for a free price estimate on writing, editing, and/or website design, please click: Services/Price Estimate from Hugo Roberts. His current hobbies are reading, traveling, and playing chess and bridge (against the computer). To read the latest news about him, please click: News by or about Hugo Roberts writer & editor.




Award and (final) placements:
His short stories are published (in English or Dutch) in the U.K., Suriname, Nepal, The Netherlands, and the U.S.A.
To see a complete list of his prose, please click: Complete list of Prose by Hugo Roberts writer & editor


In 2007 his short story “Gita’s Song” won him a finalist status and a “Certificate of Recognition” in the ABC Words in Action writing contest; for details click: ABC Words in Action's placement for Hugo Roberts writer & editor
The short story "Rise en Shine in de jungle" won him an honorable mention (“Bijzondere Vermelding”) in the annual Kwakoe Literatuurprijs 2005; please click: Honorable Mention for Hugo Roberts writer & editor.
With the short story "Het geheim van de tafel” (“The Secret of the Table”) he won the first prize in the annual Kwakoe Literatuurprijs 2003. First prize awarded to Hugo Roberts writer & editor.
He is listed in Literary Prizes Netherlands of the Museum of Literature (Literaire prijzen Nederland van het Letterkundig Museum); for details click: Hugo Roberts writer & editor in Literary Prizes Netherlands. Or you can visit their site; please click: http://www.literaireprijzen.nl Look up by author: fill in the author’s name (Roberts) in the space labeled "zoek" and click "zoek". You can also look up by prize: roll down, select Kwakoe Literatuurprijs, and click "kies".

Do you want to know more about the Kwakoe (or Kwaku) Festival? Please click: Kwakoe Festival/Events Explained in Dutch: http://www.kwakoe.nl/index.php?id=1320


Published stories:
Placement in an anthology is often based on a competition.

2007: "Highway Jaywalkers," June 24, 2007 in The Kathmandu Post/Fiction Park, Katmandu, Nepal. To read the (edited) story, please click: Kathmandu Post with Hugo Robets writer & editor's "Highway Jaywalkers" (it's on the modelwatch page featuring Nepalese beauties). The original story “The Jaywalkers” has been changed by the editor to accommodate the readers in Nepal.
2006: "Bustle in the Bus" in BLINK: Flash Fiction Before You Can Bat an Eye, by Wanda Wade Mukherjee (Editor). Wake Forest, N.C., U.S.A.: The Paper Journey Press; ISBN: 0977315649; for details, please click: Blink with Hugo Roberts writer & editor's "Bustle in the Bus."
2005: "The Rookie Cop and the Thief," September 2005 in: eBook of Secret Attic (chosen as one of the best 20 out of more than 300 stories); for details, please click: Secret Attic with Hugo Roberts writer & editor's "The Rookie Cop..."
2004: "Het geheim van de tafel," January 31, 2004 in: De Ware Tijd/Literair, Paramaribo, Suriname.
2003: "Langszij," in: Het Gevoel (ISBN 90-5974-029-7); for details, please click: Announcing Hugo Roberts writer & editor's "Langszij" a winner and: Hugo Roberts writer & editor in judges' report.
2003: "Moord of doodslag in de trein," in: Openbaar vervoer (ISBN 90-75665-56-3); for details, please click: Openbaar vervoer with Hugo Roberts writer & editor's "Moord of doodslag..."
2003: "Een kerstcadeau voor de buren," in: Een andere wereld. Gedichten en verhalen, vrije boekenbonus 2003. Amsterdam: Cultureel Centrum de Badcuyp.
2002: "Een bekend gezicht," in: FUGA, verzamelde korte verhalen van Nederlandse en Belgische Auteurs. Roermond: De Vleermuis uitgeverij bv, 2002 (ISBN 90 5757 0335).
2002: "Een kwestie van vertrouwen," in: Poëzie en Proza, Vrije Boekendagen 2002, editie Rotterdam.

Published Poems:
The following poems have been published:
2002: "Strandleven," in: Verzamelde gedichten, Culturele Centrale Boontje 8ste Poëzieprijs 2002.
2002: "Inspiratie," in: Ton Luiting en Helma Michielsen: Vannacht kwam een gedicht voorbij. Hilversum/Brugge/Pretoria: CONCEPT, 2002 (ISBN 90-74398-22-7).
2001: "Spaar Den Haag (Vuurwerk)," broadcasted as poem of the day on February 7, 2001 by Radio West, The Hague, The Netherlands.



Other Web Sites and Blogs
www.hugoroberts.com has the following features: links to writer’s resources (publishers, writing contests, courses, tips, etc.)      and the possibility to play the national anthems of Suriname, The Netherlands, the United States, and Nepal. There's a list of
the author's work, of his namesakes (you can find out about your own names and namesakes), and a link to news by or about him.
www.writerhugoroberts.com has the additional features: links to another writer’s resource--some of the author’s favorite books     (most are on writing). Also, every week there is a page with new jokes.
http://www.hugoroberts-writer-editor-webdesigner.com This site is home of the Webmaster and Webdesigner's Tools in      addition to other pages, such as: Hugo Roberts' Travels or go to flickr for photos and other images from Asia. It features the
     speaking character/virtual employee.
http://writerhugoroberts.blogspot.com Offers an easy way to post comments/questions or discuss issues and displays a new      Inspirational Quote every time you visit. You could read the latest news about computers and internet or look for a      gadget, widget, or other program.
http://hugoroberts.blogspot.com/ also offers an easy way to post comments/questions or
      discuss issues and daily displays a new Notable Shakespeare Quote. I also post some of my essays, columns, and articles here.
     You’ll also find Flight Status (airport arrival, departures, etc.) Personal Travel Agent (book your own low cost flights), and
     Travel coupon/promo codes.

Recent Additions:
Hugo Roberts' Travels (or view the images on flickr), and
Webmaster and Web designer's Tools and Resources
a page with new jokes every week.
Webmaster/Web designer's, and Writers’ Services / Meet the Staff

For writers’ resources make sure you visit http://www.hugoroberts.info and Links to writers’ resources or The Best of the Web and My Favorite Writers Links


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