- Anthony Skinner, Editor, Lancashire & North West Magazine and Yorkshire Ridings Magazine
I first commissioned Rob when I was Editor of Lancashire Life, and he was one of the first writers I recruited when I went to edit Lancashire & North West Magazine, now the UK’s largest circulation county magazine. His wide ranging essays on the landscape, heritage, culture and architecture of Lancashire and Yorkshire – he also writes for our sister publication Yorkshire Ridings Magazine – are different from anything else any other editorial contributor produces for us. His enthusiasm for these areas shines through in his essays. I say essays but these are much more than mere reporting, rather forensic examinations of his subjects yet presented in an accessible, readable style.
- Liz Lempen, Director of Skipton International Puppet Festival
We have had the pleasure of working with Rob Hawley on numerous occasions in our capacity as directors of Skipton International Puppet Festival, as well as our own work, story writing and creating copy for advertising, print and web. His prose is incisive, highly imaginative and project focused. His editing style is both creative and to the point and he always manages to find the elusive turn of phrase that says so much more.
We asked Rob to work with some of our volunteers to develop their skills in writing for the web. He delivered a bespoke session tailored to the needs of the group, working with them on a one to one basis to cast his professional eye over their writing and help take it ‘to the next level’. Working with an under-confident group of volunteers, Rob was extremely positive and motivational whilst also being sensitive and diplomatic, helping to re-energize the group’s efforts to write effectively for the web. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Rob to lead a writing workshop for you or your organisation.- Rob Freeman, Project Officer, Craven Museum, Skipton
- Chris Dawson, Chairman, Friends of Real Lancashire
We commissioned Robert Hawley to write a history of Lancashire specifically for young children. It was thoroughly researched, hugely informative, a pleasure to read and, I must say, very well received.
- Peter Boyce, Chairman, Association of British Counties
We asked Rob to create and edit a bi-annual journal for our members. As a creative partner in this, Rob was great to work with. He always hit just the right tone: serious in editorials, humorous in news snippets and celebratory in articles about well-loved people and places. Rob was always full of creative suggestions for how the whole thing could be improved. Several years after he moved on to other jobs, the journal he founded is still going strong!
Rob Hawley delivered a series of thought provoking writing workshops for us as part of an Esmee Fairbairn funded project for Gawthorpe Textiles Collection. With both one to one and group work he helped us to think laterally in considering our audience when writing blog posts and encouraged each of us to find our own, very different, voices. He was able to work well with everyone across a diverse group and was gently encouraging, enabling all to contribute. I would definitely use his services again and have recommended him to others.- Rachel Terry, previous Curator, Gawthorpe Textiles Collection
- Joe Nash, freelance photographer
For the better part of a decade Rob Hawley and I have collaborated on his 'Jonas Holdsworth' local history articles and his knowledge and insight into the people and places of Yorkshire, Lancashire and the Lake District continues to impress me with every new subject we tackle. Rob responds brilliantly to my photographs and writes copy that exactly complements their mood and character. He's remarkably well informed and can turn his hand to anything in the world of art, heritage and countryside.
Rob has never missed a deadline when working with me. He's totally reliable. He's also brilliant to bounce ideas off!
- Joe Nash, freelance photographer
Rob Hawley is everything I could ask for in a creative partner: imaginative, reliable and very easy to get on with.