Robyn and Ralphie at bury Field, Newport Pagnell

This is the story of me, Robyn Bateman (nee Slingsby) and don’t worry, it’s the shortened version.

I’m a former journalist turned content and communications bod, currently working as Deputy Head of Social Media Engagement at The Open University. In 2017 I graduated from Birmingham City University with an MA in Online Journalism and the grand old age of 37.

I’m mum to Irish twins which, roughly translated, means I never sit down and get biscuits smashed into my head on an all too regular basis. Actually, the biscuit smashing has lessened over time, it’s now more likely that one of them will threaten to punch me in the winkle. And I don’t have a winkle. My husband is much more at risk here!

I play netball, blog (obviously) and have the first draft of a novel sitting on my hard drive which will never, ever get published (not because it’s rude, it’s just crap). But I did publish an eBook as part of my MA and if you’re into Instagram you’ll probably find it handy.

I love taking my dog Ralphie for walkies (see above), eating out (or in) and Sunday roasts with the family. I LOVE reading! Oh, and if the world’s supply of mascara ever dried up I would never again leave the house. I’m a listaholic too, although my husband’s trying to wean me (unsuccessfully) off these, and after all of the above I occasionally find time to shower.


…I have an unhealthy obsession with crime fiction. Jessica Fletcher for Prime Minister!!! Murder She Wrote is my absolute fave (I own series 1 to 9 boxsets, only three more to collect) and I’m partial to a spot of Miss Marple, Poirot, Columbo and Perry Mason. You see a theme here? My ideal career would be an armchair sleuth, closely followed by FBI agent and option number three would be to run a bookshop-come-tearoom by the sea.

This is where you’ll find me online.

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