Dr Helen Edwards, PhD.

Children's & YA Author. Award-winning Writer. Founder of The Australian Bookish Shop. Copywriter & Storyteller

Inspiring Kindness & Hope Through Stories

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Welcome! My name is Dr Helen Edwards. I'm an Australian children's and YA author, represented by Golvan Arts Management. I'm also the founder of The Australian Bookish Shop and a Copywriter and Storyteller for Hire.

I have a PhD in Psychology and I'm an award-winning blogger and writer, with a focus on inspiring kindness and hope through stories.

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 and like to include characters in my stories who are neurodiverse, or who live with physical and mental health conditions, out in the world, having adventures.

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

Thank you for loving stories as much as I do, because they really can change the world.

x Helen


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14 Ways to Reduce Christmas Stress

By Helen Edwards | December 3, 2021

I love Christmas. There are lots of things I don’t like about it – such as the push to over-consume, the waste of resources, food and materials. But the things that make it special to me – family time, holidays, traditions and memories – all of these bring me great joy. I like the lead…

Five Minutes With K.M Allan #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | December 1, 2021

Whilst her adorable cat Dash features here (and on Twitter) and could possibly be misconstrued as the author of her books, it is actually K.M Allan who writes the YA series, Blackbirch. She says she has chosen to focus on YA, because they’re the kind of books she loves to read and YA stories made…

Five Minutes with Judith Michael #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | November 16, 2021

For author Judith Michael, writing is total immersion, especially if the genre is exciting. Of all the books she’s read and loved, it’s the speculative elements that are the most compelling to her. She loves the truly magical. ‘The ‘what ifs’ and the ‘just supposings’… the way the brain ignites with unforeseen ideas. I don’t…

The Forevability Book Awards 2021

By Helen Edwards | November 12, 2021

Have you written a book for children with a theme around disability, mental health, neurodiversity or chronic illness? Have a main character in your published book who lives with a mental or physical health condition or who is neurodiverse? Are you an author of an #ownvoices story who lives with a chronic condition, disability, or…

Five Minutes with Karen Ginnane #LoveAusAuthors

By Helen Edwards | November 9, 2021

Author Karen Ginnane writes historical fantasy that straddles young adult and middle-grade – that age when children are quickly becoming aware of themselves and the wider world. ‘I clearly remember the intensity of this age and how books were almost visceral experiences – so many ideas are encountered for the first time. This is an…

Five Tips on Using Books to Support Your Children’s Wellbeing

By Helen Edwards | October 28, 2021

Were you read to as a child? Do you have favourite books from childhood? I was lucky to have parents who read to me from birth. I still have many of the books I loved most, sitting on my shelves today. I often had my head in a book as a child and would walk…

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