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Welcome! My name is Dr Helen Edwards. I'm an Australian author of books for children and young adults, 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 and stories about other Australian authors; share some of my own author story and learnings in life; and write about sustainability, wellbeing and nature. I am available for author talks and workshops. I am also a freelance writer and social media manager and you can see 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 nature features 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

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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National Railway Museum, Port Adelaide

By Helen Edwards | January 19, 2023

In my WWII historical fiction story, which I am editing at the moment, ready to send to publishers, my main character Ava, takes a difficult journey from Darwin with her mam, after the bombings tear their lives apart. Part of the journey is via train, on the disjointed narrow gauge lines that existed then, from…

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Ten Australian Middle-grade Books That Aren’t Just For Middle-grade!

By Helen Edwards | January 14, 2023

Welcome to 2023! It’s a new year and I am starting some new things! I decided, over the break, that I needed to become brave when it comes to video. My son told me that I had quite a lot of views on some videos on my (very neglected) YouTube channel from some years ago,…

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The Jammer, by Nova Weetman

By Helen Edwards | December 15, 2022

Nova Weetman is one of Australia’s best middle-grade authors and I devour everything she writes. Her book, Sick Bay, was one of the first novels I had read that included a main character with type 1 diabetes and she impressed me with her sensitivity and understanding in relation to what life can be like for…

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The Goodbye Year, by Emily Gale

By Helen Edwards | December 8, 2022

Emily Gale is one of my favourite authors and I shared my review here about the fabulous historical fiction time-slip, Elsewhere Girls, co-written with Emily’s good friend and one of my other favourites, Nova Weetman. Emily’s latest novel for ages 10+ is the first book I have read that includes the Covid-19 experience, and Emily…

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Author & Speaker/Workshop Bookings for 2023

By Helen Edwards | November 30, 2022

I cannot believe it is almost the end of 2022. Things always seem to begin to move very quickly once we get to October. I have been busy with my head buried in my debut manuscript, working on edits for my publisher, and have just sent it to her, so I am up for air!…

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Five Minutes with Benjamin Ryan #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | November 18, 2022

Benjamin Ryan writes ‘all things fantasy,’ and says that he has been nurtured by the genre since he was very young. He was given many fantasy books to read by his mum and aunties, and so, the genre he loves the most, became the genre he wanted to write. He is fascinated by the intricacies…

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Heroes, Rebels and Innovators, by Karen Wyld & Jaelyn Biumaiwai

By Helen Edwards | November 11, 2022

This Children’s Book Council 2022 Honours winner, Heroes, Rebels and Innovators, by Karen Wyld and illustrated by Jaelyn Biumaiwai, shares seven inspiring stories about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from history. Author Karen Wyld, a writer of Martu descent, and illustrator Jaelyn Biumaiwai, of Mununjali and Fijian descent, have created a beautiful book, that…

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