Dr Helen Edwards children's author

The Rebels of Mount Buffalo by Helen Edwards endorsment by Andrea Rowe, award-winning author of Jetty Jumping
The Rebels of Mount Buffalo by Helen Edwards endorsment
Cape Willoughby Lighthouse
Sea Lions at Cape Seal Bay Kangaroo Island

Welcome! My name is Dr Helen Edwards. I'm an Adelaide-based children's author who weaves diverse stories of nature, magic and history.

I'm represented by Golvan Arts Management for my literary works and by Lamont Authors for school bookings.

My debut middle-grade novel, The Rebels of Mount Buffalo, is out now with Riveted Press, distributed by Simon & Schuster.

With a neurodivergent main character and an inspiring real-life mountain guide from the 1890s, it's a captivating time-slip tale in which a girl lost to grief meets a daring rebel on a misty mountain who guides her to rediscover her courage and find her way home.

It was recently longlisted in the DANZ - The Diversity in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand Children's Book Award. This award has been created to recognise, award, and celebrate diverse children’s fiction. This means a children’s book published in Australia or New Zealand which 'pushes boundaries, challenges stereotypes, and celebrates diverse and marginalised people and communities.'

You can order your copy from me here and from Riveted Press here . It's also available in many bookshops and libraries. If you can't find it in your local bookshop or library, just ask them to get it in for you!

See more about The Rebels of Mount Buffalo here.

My second novel, Legend of the Lighthouse Moon, will be published on 2nd October 2024 by Riveted Press. It’s a magical historical story for middle-grade, set in an island lighthouse, in which a girl who's lost her way seeks solace in sea lions and uncovers secrets about her family’s past that help shine a light towards her becoming comfortable in her own skin.

I absolutely love this story about 13-year-old Mona McKenna, a girl living in 1970 with type 1 diabetes in an island lighthouse, featuring the stunning backdrop of Kangaroo Island and the gorgeous and endangered sea lions, as well as drawing on the true history of Cape Willoughby Lighthouse. As usual, I'm weaving nature, plenty of magic, and true history to create a very special and diverse story that's full of heart and wonder, inspired by my grandmothers who were both born on islands in the UK, the legends from these regions and my life growing up with type 1 diabetes. With thanks to Arts SA for supporting this project.

Cover reveal, pre-order details, and more info for Legend of The Lighthouse Moon are coming soon!! My third novel, an Australian historical fiction set during WWII is coming in April 2025.

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You can book me to speak at your school, library or event here. I am available for virtual and in-person events and workshops. Find me at Lamont Authors here.

A Little Bit About Me!

I have a PhD in Psychology and before becoming an Australian children's author, I worked in mental health for many years. I've done all sorts of things in my life, including founding an award-winning charity and online counselling service, supporting thousands of people with diabetes across the world. I was even a state finalist in the Australian of the Year Awards for this work!

After completing my PhD in Psychology, I decided to follow my life-long dream to become a children's author and here I am! I'm passionate about inspiring action for our beautiful, fragile planet and nature features in all of my books. I find history fascinating and uncover stories that may have been forgotten, or hidden, and bring them into the light. I also believe that fantastical things can happen and see magic in the everyday.

More about me here.

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x Helen

Latest From My Blog

Australian Reading Hour

By Helen Edwards | February 15, 2023

I am very excited and proud to be an Ambassador for Australia Reads and the upcoming Australian Reading Hour 2023! Australian Reading Hour is a national day dedicated to sharing the joys of books, reading and stories. Spend one hour on the day reading, sharing and enjoying the stories you love with others! Australian Reading…

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Tilda, by Sue Whiting

By Helen Edwards | February 9, 2023

Sue Whiting is an award-winning children’s and YA author, editor and former teacher, who has worked in publishing for twenty+ years. She was senior commissioning editor and publishing manager for Walker Books Australia for many years, before leaving in 2016 to concentrate on her writing. Sue has written numerous books for a variety of age…

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WOMADelaide Kidzone 2023!

By Helen Edwards | February 2, 2023

If you have been to WOMADelaide, you will most likely have experienced the magic of Kidzone, even if you don’t have kids! The procession of children dressed in incredible costumes after their workshop with artist and storyteller Evelyn Roth, with her Nylon Zoo Story Theatre, have always been a highlight, as they traverse the park.…

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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

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 Nova Weetman

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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1st Place Winner
Individual Project Grant 2023
Individual Project Grant 2023
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Recipient Richard Llewellyn Deaf and Disability Grant 2021
Recipient Richard Llewellyn Deaf and Disability Grant 2021