The Forevability Book Awards 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…

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Richard Llewellyn Deaf and Disability Grant: On the Edge of Mountains

I am very surprised, and excited, to receive news about my success in receiving a Richard Llewellyn Deaf and Disability Grant towards my next middle grade/YA historical fiction #OnTheEdgeOfMountains based around Guide Alice, Mt Buffalo’s original rebel, guide and photographer. Alice Manfield (1878 – 14 July 1960) was commonly known as Guide Alice. She was…

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She Breathes Autumn

Autumn Trees a Poem by Helen Edwards AUstralian Children's and YA Author and Freelance Writer

Over on twitter, one of our #AusWrites prompts this month is to describe autumn using senses other than sight. Here’s mine. Come and join us for beautiful support and lots of fun! Search #AusWrites She breathesSweet comfort-filledEarth takes awayBitternessOf SummerFadingWinter’s fingersBrushing ever soLightlyAcross her faceWinds ridingDown throughValleysRustling amongstFalling leavesTaste of sweetApplesOn her lipsShe breathes **Image DescriptionRed-gold trees stand…

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I’m busy writing my new YA, which is an #ownvoices magical realism story, as one of the main characters, Odelle, happens to have type 1 diabetes. I don’t know of any magical realism or fantasy where the main character has a chronic illness or disability and it’s just the way it is, rather than the…

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Parts Of The Whole

help for type 1 diabetes

I’ve been less present on social media and the blog lately, partly as a way of protecting myself, and, partly because I’ve been working hard across July on my YA novel, Sailing The Spaces In Between, which has been submitted to the Hardie Grant Ampersand Prize. Now, I await to see if I make the…

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