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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.

I weave nature, magic and history together, writing #BigHeartedStories

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'm also a freelance writer and I am available for author talks and workshops - 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

Anaca Studio brings European flavour to designs

By Helen Edwards | August 12, 2013

Anne-Claire Petre is a French designer and founder of Anaca Studio, a boutique brand based in St Kilda (VIC) offering a range of sophisticated and sustainable products, made to order and manufactured in Melbourne.  You might have seen her gorgeous Zoe Table this weekend in the paper. Anne-Claire says that she brings a little European flavour…

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Ecovillage, Australia’s first zero carbon housing project

By Helen Edwards | August 8, 2013

In 2012, the Cape Paterson Ecovillage broke new ground when its high eco-standards were written into the planning scheme. The development will border on the very lovely existing town of Cape Paterson on the Bass Coast, about two hours south-east of Melbourne. Every one of the 220 new houses have to be built with orientation for…

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McBride Charles Ryan Architects, Unique Cloud House

By Helen Edwards | August 6, 2013

McBride CharlesRyan (MCR) are an Architect company who work from the basic premise of providing exceptional design for their clients. They work hard to find new ways to solve problems in design and to come up with unique ideas. MCR takes a very hands-on approach to its projects with the philosophy that each person is…

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Annesley House Portland holiday accommodation

By Helen Edwards | August 4, 2013

When we went on our roadtrip to Decoration and Design a few weeks back, we stayed in some fantastic places along the way. The first night was the amazing Annesley House in Portland. This 1878 2 storey building was originally a doctor’s surgery and private residence which was converted to a guest house in the early…

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Duncan Meerding, working from his heart

By Helen Edwards | July 26, 2013

This afternoon I am chatting with a truly amazing young man, Duncan Meerding. I saw his work at Decoration and Design and now have the pleasure of sharing it with you. I showed a snippet in my wrap up here. Duncan says that he is inspired by nature and living. Much of his work is…

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Decoration and Design Melbourne, Wrap Up

By Helen Edwards | July 24, 2013

I was so lucky to get the time to attend Design and Decoration last week and to be able to go on a lovely road trip with my family to do it!  Melbourne put on 25 degrees to gale force winds, driving rain, thunder and snow during the event! First up I have to say…

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Wellbeing Wednesday, talking about Mindfulness

By Helen Edwards | July 24, 2013

Being comfortable and relaxed in our homes is very important and we Aussies tend to see our homes as our sanctuary, a place to relax and unwind. Learning things like relaxation and mindfulness practices can help us to enjoy not just our downtime, but can make us more productive.  Mindfulness is an important skill that…

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Greg Aubert restoring beautiful pieces for modern homes

By Helen Edwards | July 15, 2013

Greg Aubert says that from his earliest memories of childhood to now, he has always been surrounded with craft, building, carpentry and doing creative things. His parents moved from Coogee in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs to the Hunter Valley when he was just seven years old and started an Arts and Crafts shop where he spent…

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David Trubridge’s Manuka wins best light

By Helen Edwards | July 12, 2013

Dwell on Design is one of America’s most prominent design events. The wonderful David Trubridge who featured on the blog recently has just told me that their attendance at this prestigious fair was heralded by an unexpected win; their Manuka Light took out the Best Lighting category! This contemporary chandelier received great interest from the…

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