DR helen edwards, phd

Author & Freelance Writer

Weaving Diverse Stories of Nature, Magic & History

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Welcome! My name is Dr Helen Edwards. I have a PhD in Psychology and I'm an Australian author of books for children and adults, weaving diverse stories of nature, magic and history. I am represented by Golvan Arts Management.

On my blog, I write book reviews and stories about other Australian authors; share some of my own author story and learnings in life; and write about sustainability, wellbeing and nature.

In my 'spare' time, I'm a freelance writer and storyteller for hire - Creating Content That Connects. Find my copywriting, blog writing & editing, social media content creation and management and other writing services here.

I also dabble as a visual artist and the header image on my website was hand-drawn by me and digitised by a lovely friend.

I have spent many years working in mental health and in 2001 I founded an online counselling service to support people living with diabetes. It was the first in the world and it was a hit! You can see more here.

I've had type 1 diabetes since 1979 and a few other chronic conditions that can make life tricky. I live with anxiety and ADHD (which was finally diagnosed in adulthood) and 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.

In 2013 I started a sustainable blog called Recycled Interiors, which is now merged here. I'm passionate about nature and inspiring action for our children's future. Animals and the healing power of nature often feature in my stories.

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

x Helen


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Latest From My Blog

Gus and The Starlight by Victoria Carless

By Helen Edwards | August 8, 2022

Have you ever wanted to live in a movie theatre? Or, if you’re old enough to remember, even a drive-in? I am old enough to remember the magic of the drive-in; watching a story unfold on the screen against the backdrop of the stars, snuggled safely inside your car, or sitting out under a blanket,…

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Five Minutes with Anna Featherstone #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | August 5, 2022

Anna Featherstone writes about things that make her ‘happy, curious, furious and tingly’. She says she likes to dive in and research information, because it helps her clarify things in her own mind and make sense of the world. She also says that it’s a challenge and it’s fun and it’s more comfortable than running…

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How to grow a sustainable spring garden

Tips on Creating a Sustainable Spring Garden

By Helen Edwards | August 3, 2022

Amanda Stewart and her husband Paul, are the proprietors of Barrow and Bench Mitre10, a delightful hardware store and garden centre, located in Adelaide’s inner Southern suburbs. Amanda has long had a connection to the land and the natural environment. Her childhood was spent on a broad acre farm in rural South Australia, where local…

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Aster’s Good, Right Things by Kate Gordon

By Helen Edwards | August 1, 2022

Kate Gordon creates characters that you can identify with, no matter how old you are. Her writing is insightful, moving and beautiful. She can suffuse even the darkest moments with humour and build lyrical worlds that draw you into their centre, as you walk alongside the characters. Aster’s Good, Right Things, was the winner of…

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Five Minutes with Rod Taylor #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | July 29, 2022

Rod Taylor says the world is a fascinating, complicated, sometimes bright, sometimes frightening place. It’s all of these things that lead him to write; the stories and the ideas. ‘When someone reads your words, you are for a moment, connected. Your thoughts enter their world for a time and, if they resonate, they stay with…

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Diversity in Children’s Books

By Helen Edwards | July 26, 2022

When I was 5 years old, I developed asthma that would regularly land me in bed, very sick. At 12, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, which was devastating. I remember having anxiety as far back as my memories travel. I suffered undiagnosed depression as a teenager. In adulthood I lived through post-natal depression…

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Elsewhere Girls by Emily Gale and Nova Weetman

By Helen Edwards | July 25, 2022

It’s midnight and I’m alone in the kitchen eating a cold potato scallop. Coach O’Call would say something like, ‘That’s not what I expect from a scholarship girl!’ because I have to be up for squad training in five hours and I’m not supposed to go near potato scallops, and—oh, yeah—it’s my fifth. Elsewhere Girls,…

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The Tiny House Project: A Collaboration Between The Upcyclist & The Bower

By Helen Edwards | July 23, 2022

I posted this story a while back, but have refreshed it because so many people are getting interested in tiny houses! James The Upcyclist builds all sorts of things with recycled materials. This project is the Tiny House prototype, in conjunction with The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre in Marrickville, Sydney, made mostly from recycled…

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How to Make a Native Bee Hotel

By Helen Edwards | July 22, 2022

We all know bees are vital to our survival, but did you know that there are over 1,600 species of Australian native bees, and estimates that there are at least another 350 undiscovered species? The biggest threats to native bees are land clearing, habitat fragmentation, fire management and pesticides. The commercial honey bees we tend…

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