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Welcome! My name is Dr Helen Edwards. I'm an Australian children's author, writing diverse stories of nature, magic and history. I'm 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'm also a freelance writer, mentor and speaker. I have a PhD in Psychology and worked in mental health for many years, founding a national online diabetes counselling service, which I managed for 16 years. You can see more about my writing, social media management, speaking and advocacy services here.

Visit my little online shop, with vintage wares, books and more 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 Blog

The Garden at the End of the World by Cassy Polimeni & Briony Stewart

By Helen Edwards | May 12, 2023

Picture books are a staple in my book shelves and there is a continuous stream of gorgeous Australian picture books to satisfy my addiction to them! I have a few new ones to share with you, starting with this stunning story, The Garden at the End of the World, by by Cassy Polimeni and illustrated…

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Book Updates and Grant News!

By Helen Edwards | May 3, 2023

I am a writer who always begins a new project as soon as the last one is complete. I give myself a few days and then I move on to something new. It helps with the grief of leaving the world and the characters I have created, not that you really leave them. There are…

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Harriet Hound by Kate Foster & Sophie Beer

By Helen Edwards | May 2, 2023

Author Kate Foster loves dogs. She always includes them in her wonderful books. I have reviewed some of her books before, including The Bravest Word and have enjoyed everything she has written so far. In Kate’s latest junior fiction novel in collaboration with illustrator Sophie Beer, dogs don’t just feature, they are central to the…

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Selfie by Allayne L. Webster

By Helen Edwards | April 23, 2023

Author Allayne Webster is funny. She’s also a brilliant writer, with an ability to draw you within a character’s mind and heart immediately, and to immerse you within their world. I have read a number of her other books, including the brilliant, Sensitive. Her writing style is light and engaging and with Selfie, I couldn’t…

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The Raven’s Song by Zana Fraillon & Bren MacDibble

By Helen Edwards | April 12, 2023

When two of Australia’s best middle-grade authors come together on a writing project you know it’s going to be something special. The Raven’s Song, by Zana Fraillon and Bren MacDibble, is a stunning book weaving together their two distinct voices to create a story that will stay with you long after closing the cover. Recently…

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The Resilient Writer Online Course

By Helen Edwards | March 28, 2023

I am very excited to launch my brand new online course for writers – The Resilient Writer – with the very lovely Anna Featherstone at Bold Authors. When Anna approached me about developing a course, this one was already sitting inside of me, waiting to pour out. I had been working on the idea of…

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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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Individual Project Grant 2023
Individual Project Grant 2023
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Recipient Richard Llewellyn Deaf and Disability Grant 2021
Recipient Richard Llewellyn Deaf and Disability Grant 2021