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Welcome! I'm an Australian children's author writing diverse stories of nature, magic and history. I am represented by Golvan Arts Management My debut middle-grade novel - an Australian historical fiction time-slip adventure, set at Mt Buffalo, inspired by and featuring Guide Alice Manfield, will be published in 2023, by Riveted Press!

I have a PhD in Psychology and worked in mental health for many years. On my blog I write book reviews, feature other Australian authors, and share my own books and writing. I am available for author talks and workshops. I am also a freelance writer and social media manager and you can see more here. Shop at my little Books, Tea and Vintage shop here.

I've had type 1 diabetes since 1979 and live with anxiety and ADHD.  I like to include characters in my stories who are neurodivergent and/or who live with physical and mental health conditions, out in the world, having adventures. I'm passionate about inspiring action for our planet and encouraging people to understand how important nature is to all of us. Animals and the environment feature in all of my stories.

I look forward to sharing stories with you, because they really can change the world.

x Helen

Latest From My Books, Tea & Vintage Shop

Latest From My Blog

Indigo in the Storm by Kate Gordon

By Helen Edwards | March 17, 2023

If you read my blog regularly, you will already know I am a big fan of Kate Gordon. All of the books I have read from Kate have filled my heart, made me cry and laugh, and have stayed with me long after closing the covers. Her latest book, Indigo in the Storm, published by…

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Natural Rights with Peter Burdon at WOMADelaide

By Helen Edwards | March 8, 2023

WOMADelaide is almost here! The Planet Talks is one of the highlights. One of the speakers, Peter Burdon, a legal academic working on Tarndanya, is presenting his research into the root causes of the environmental crisis and how law can be used as a tool to foster mutually beneficial human-earth relations. His research also engages the…

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Grace Notes by Karen Comer

Grace Notes by Karen Comer

By Helen Edwards | March 3, 2023

Karen Comer’s debut, Grace Notes, is a masterpiece of a YA verse novel, about what happens when the paths of a young busking violinist, Grace, and an aspiring street artist, Crux, collide during the covid-19 pandemic. Set in one of the most locked-down cities in the world – Melbourne, during 2020. This song has a…

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Adelaide Writers’ Week Plants Trees

By Helen Edwards | March 1, 2023

Adelaide Writers’ Week starts this weekend and there are so many fantastic sessions on offer! I will be at the kids’ day events on Saturday, along with some of my fellow SA children’s authors. I’ll be popping in and out across the week for various speakers, meeting my literary agent in person for the first…

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Australian Reading Hour

By Helen Edwards | February 15, 2023

I am very excited and proud to be an Ambassador for Australia Reads and the upcoming Australian Reading Hour 2023! Australian Reading Hour is a national day dedicated to sharing the joys of books, reading and stories. Spend one hour on the day reading, sharing and enjoying the stories you love with others! Australian Reading…

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Tilda, by Sue Whiting

By Helen Edwards | February 9, 2023

Sue Whiting is an award-winning children’s and YA author, editor and former teacher, who has worked in publishing for twenty+ years. She was senior commissioning editor and publishing manager for Walker Books Australia for many years, before leaving in 2016 to concentrate on her writing. Sue has written numerous books for a variety of age…

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WOMADelaide Kidzone 2023!

By Helen Edwards | February 2, 2023

If you have been to WOMADelaide, you will most likely have experienced the magic of Kidzone, even if you don’t have kids! The procession of children dressed in incredible costumes after their workshop with artist and storyteller Evelyn Roth, with her Nylon Zoo Story Theatre, have always been a highlight, as they traverse the park.…

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Five Australian Picture Books That Should Become Classics

By Helen Edwards | January 25, 2023

Join me in my latest video, sharing five Australian Picture Books, all featuring nature, that should become classics. Includes – Open You Heart to Country by Jasmine Seymour; Jetty Jumping by Andrea Rowe and Hannah Sommerville; Wonderful Wasps by Katrina Germein and Suzanne Houghton; Our Dreaming by Kirli Saunders and Dub Leffler; and Ella and…

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Womadelaide 2023 -The Planet Talks Line-up Announced

By Helen Edwards | January 20, 2023

WOMADelaide is set to take over Adelaide’s glorious Botanic Park/Tainmuntilla, from March 10 – 13, and today has announced the thought provoking 2023 Planet Talks programme. I am excited to once again be bringing you stories and guides in the lead-up to the event, and snippets on the ground during the event. Womadelaide is a…

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