The most recent Robin Hood-related news stories breaking in the global media!

(Mar 07, 2018)
WORLD WIDE ROBIN HOOD SOCIETY CELEBRATES 20 YEARS AS ONE OF THE LEADING INFORMATION SOURCES ON ALL ASPECTS OF THE LEGENDARY SHERWOOD OUTLAW. On March 17th 2018, the Nottingham-based World Wide Robin Hood Society will mark its 20th Anniversary Year with a programme of varied initiatives including: *The publication of a new book about Robin Hood and the legend’s global impact. *A local cookery contest to find the best recipe for a Robin Hood Pie. *Anniversary theme to the Society’s annual “Feather in Your Cap” business awards. *A children’s story writing competition. *Developing an illustrated Robin Hood talk available to groups and societies. Although the Society was originally a membership-based organisation, over the last 2 decades it has evolved into one of the leading internet-based information resources on all things associated with Robin Hood. It is used extensively by the media and the tourism industry and the Society has contributed to numerous global television documentaries and historical features including BBC’s The One Show; Sky Travel Channel’s “Expedition Unknown” series and French TV’s “Secrets Histoire” series. The Society has also participated in hundreds of radio programmes around the globe, including South America, the USA, Europe, Korea and Australia. Society Chairman, Bob White, said “The very first Robin Hood Society was established in London in the 1700’S and was a club or assembly for public debate. It held its popular, regular meetings in the Robin Hood public house in Butcher Row, near Temple Bar, which is how the Society acquired its name. In the 1970’s, a Nottingham-based Robin Hood Society was created by the local historian and Robin Hood expert, Jim Lees, and its members often dressed up in costume as various characters from the Sherwood tales and helped raise funds for local charities. In the Nineties, Nottingham City Council joined forces with the Nottingham Evening Post and set up a Robin Hood Club especially aimed at youngsters, which featured a series of cartoon woodland animals known as “The Tails of Sherwood”. The present day, internet-based World Wide Robin Hood Society was originally the inspiration of co-founder and sponsor, Mike Douglas from Hull, who established a successful communications business in Nottingham in the late 1990’s. He said “Over the past twenty years the Society has seen many changes but the phenomenal global interest in Robin Hood has never faltered and the legendary outlaw continues to be an iconic figure with a massive international fan base, and he regularly features in new films, books and the global media.” For further information contact Bob White on e-mail at or by phone on (0115) 9523183 or mobile 07504 852731 or visit the Society website at Read more...
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With the somewhat bizarre title of “Robin Hood in America” and a cover picture showing the outlaw’s face daubed with Native American war paint, potential readers might be forgiven for perhaps initially thinking about avoiding this new novel! However, if they did, they would certainly be missing out on what is undoubtedly one of the cleverest interpretations based on the traditional Robin Hood story and its legendary characters that I personally have ever read.

Against a background of a search in the New World for the kidnapped fiancée of the Sheriff of Nottingham, Nick Collins’ unique plot line portrays Robin in his early Twenties, just prior to becoming the iconic outlaw hero of English folklore and skilfully weaves familiar characters into roles that neatly fall into place to reflect the legend as we know it. All carefully juxtaposed to an accurate timeline that shrewdly adds credibility to the narrative. It’s a blend of plenty of surprises that combine some brutal action with deep moral and philosophical contemplation.

As the novel runs over 2 books, the pace of the story can at times seem to get bogged-down but then the author redeems himself with another unexpected twist. A particularly intriguing feature is the introduction of “the one who would betray them” that mysteriously intertwines with the main plot and keeps readers guessing until the end!

From the very first chapter, you are quickly aware that this is a narrative being written by someone who understands how to descriptively get visual imagery across to the reader and although it is Nick Collins’ debut novel, checking his credentials revealed that he is an experienced television scriptwriter who has worked on series such as “Apparitions”; “Murder in Suburbia” and “The Bill”.

I have read and reviewed many Robin Hood books over the years but this is the first one which I have found to be really “different” - perhaps even having the potential to become a movie that could fit well alongside the popular genre of 21st century historical fantasy drama, such as the “Game of Thrones” saga. You don’t have to be a Robin Hood fan to appreciate this book, as the storyline stands up in its own right, so I thoroughly recommend you give it a try and be prepared for a surprisingly new perspective on the background to the world renowned Robin Hood legend!

“Robin Hood in America” comes in two book parts: “A Finder of Trails” and “Great Deeds DoneBeyond The Seas” and is available through Amazon and other retail outlets.

Bob White, World Wide Robin Hood Society.