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Dr Helen Edwards, Psych PhD. Children's+YA Fiction & Adult Non-Fiction Author. Award-winning Health & Sustainability Blogger. Freelance Writer.

Inspiring action for people and planet, with kindness and hope 
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how to upcycle and repurpose and old upright piano into a cabinet

How to Upcycle an Old Piano into a Cabinet

By Helen Edwards

Music is such an important part of most people’s lives. It has been very important in mine. I started learning the piano when I was 7 years old. My first piano teacher was called Mrs Sharp, which still makes…

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Earth Greetings sustainable diaries and cards

Greetings From The Earth

By Helen Edwards

Earth Greetings design and make greeting cards, stationery and homewares, with the lightest possible footprint on the planet. Some of the ways they achieve this, are by choosing 100% recycled, natural and biodegradable materials, avoiding plastic, carbon offsetting and…

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How to grow a sustainable spring garden

Tips on Creating a Sustainable Spring Garden

By Helen Edwards

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…

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Rescued, Upcycled, Upholstery Art with An.ti.quate

By Helen Edwards

Kerri Hollingsworth from An.ti.quate creates masterpieces with old chairs and fabric remnants. She has recently stepped into the unknown, trialling natural elements within her Upholstery Art. Using barks, vines, native grasses, beautiful gum leaves and dried flowers, she creates…

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To The Salty Sea

By Helen Edwards

Take my hand and give me hope, Walk with me to the salty sea, Watch sky meet water Day hovering into night, See silver stars Fade into sight, Across an endless Purple black palette, Understand We are tiny, We…

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The Art of Getting a Literary Agent

By Helen Edwards

Writing can be very lonely. It’s an often misunderstood and thankless job, with no guarantee of anyone reading your words. For many of us, the goal is mostly to have a readership. Of course we all need to make…

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Featured Books

Healthy Planet, Healthy People, Healthy Home

By Helen Edwards

Create a Sustainable Home YOU Love Do you want a more sustainable lifestyle? Make more yourself, do more yourself, grow your own, eat healthier, take care of your family and…

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Diabetes Can’t Stop Me

By Helen Edwards

Growing up with diabetes is not easy. There are lots of things children and their families find hard. Daily management tasks can become battle grounds and it can be an…

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Hello there and welcome. My name is Dr Helen Edwards. I have a PhD in Psychology. I am an author of children's and young adult fiction, and non-fiction for adults. I am an award-winning health and sustainability writer, blogger and advocate. I am represented by Debbie Golvan, of Golvan Arts Management.

I am Mama to 3 beautiful sons and live in Adelaide with my family and 2 cats. I have been writing and reading, since I was a very little girl. I have wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. So, I went off and became a social worker! Seriously not writerly. But in fact it was, because most of my work over the decades has been about people's stories.

I like to write about people and planet, and I include nature, our environment and relationships between people, in both my sustainability and health writing, and my fiction books for children.

I have lived with type 1 diabetes since 1979. I have quite a few other chronic conditions and disabilities, including lots of issues with my tummy, and anxiety and ADHD. This means that sometimes, I get lots of ideas all at once, and I can be found rearranging furniture, or walking in nature, while I work them all out in my head. Other times I can be unwell and need time out to care for myself and my family. This is important for all of us in today's constantly connected world.

In 2001 I founded an award-winning online counselling service to support people living with diabetes. It was the first in the world, and it was a hit. I ran this for more than 16 years and won many awards for this work. You can see more here. Today, I continue to be a voice for diabetes, health, and mental health - writing, speaking and advocating, for awareness, inclusion, supports and services, for all people living with chronic conditions and disabilities. You will see blog posts here about health, mental health and wellbeing, diabetes and related conditions.

In 2013 I started a blog called Recycled Interiors, which later became the Sustainable Home Hub. I am passionate about our beautiful Mother Earth and am all about inspiring action for our planet, with kindness and hope. In particular, I focus on living a more gentle life for our children. You will see blog posts here about sustainable living, that help you take action in your life, to tread more lightly on the earth, while managing climate grief and eco-anxiety. Human health, sustainability and nature, are all closely connected.

When I am not writing or reading, I enjoy watching quality drama, comedy and nature programmes, listening to music, walking in nature, hugging trees, being near the ocean, in forests or on top of mountains, taking roadtrips with my family, and caring for my many potted plants.

I am currently working on my diabetes memoir and a couple of middle-grade stories, as well as writing here at my blog. You will see a wide range of topics here, including health, mental health, disability, diabetes, sustainable living, the environment, climate change and more. I am available for all sorts of freelance writing, advocacy and speaking work  - see more here.

I look forward to sharing stories with you and inspiring action for people and planet, with kindness and hope.

Helen x

"Stories make sense of the world and teach us about life. Stories entertain and dazzle. Books and stories and words are there in your darkest hours and, your most brilliant moments of joy. Life is stories. It is stories that put things into perspective, place you in the real world, take you away to another world, another time and another possibility. In a story anything can happen" Helen x

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