Legend of the Lighthouse Moon by Dr Helen Edwards
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 next middle-grade novel - Legend of the Lighthouse Moon - is coming in November 2024 with the fabulous Riveted Press

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, blurb, pre-order details, and more details for Legend of The Lighthouse Moon are coming soon!! Sign up to the newsletter to keep up to date with details on release dates, pre-orders and events.

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.

Sign up to The Story Weaver for all the latest details about my own books, book reviews and recommendations, and more. More info about bookings for author talks and workshops available here.

x Helen

Latest From My Blog

Finding the Sweet Spot in a Creative Life

By Helen Edwards | November 28, 2013

  I used to be a runner. Then I stopped. As you do when life gets in the way and you start to do other things, like fall in love, go to university, have kids, experience changes in your body that stop you from this motion. I used to find the sweet spot in running, where you…

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Josh’s House, building a sustainable house in the suburbs

By Helen Edwards | November 13, 2013

Josh’s House, building a sustainable house in the suburbs I am very excited to be sharing my chat with Josh Byrne with you today, who you may know as the popular WA presenter on ABC’s Gardening Australia. Over the past 10 years in particular, we have watched him as he has shared all sorts of different practical and…

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Kambrook Blitz2Go Blender, “Guilt Free, Chocolate, Banana, Blueberry, Walnut Smoothie”!

By Helen Edwards | November 6, 2013

It was hot here on Saturday in Adelaide. I can feel the turn of the sun to that blistering heat of an Adelaide Summer and I am  not liking it. I am not a hot weather person. Added to that, I had a bad night with my type 1 diabetes the night before resulting in…

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Hold a Swap Party for National Recycling Week

By Helen Edwards | November 1, 2013

It is that time of year where things are getting a slight tad crazy! Kids are bringing home notes left, right and centre. Work is going to some whole new level as different priorities crash into each other in a mad rush to be done by the end of the year. And the little voice…

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Mindfulness, Taking Care of Your Health & Wellbeing

By Helen Edwards | October 23, 2013

  It is easy to become overwhelmed with life. Taking care of your health and wellbeing is the basic number one of life, but we often make this a bottom priority in the big busy world. Developing vision about where you want to go in life and making commitments to yourself about taking action in…

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Garage Sales, Vintage Cars & Making Memories

By Helen Edwards | October 9, 2013

Over the October long weekend we were very lucky to be able to spend it with family at our beach shack on Yorke Penninsula in South Australia, where I grew up. My parents bought the shack when I was only 9 years old and the past few years, have added an upper storey extension, giving…

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On Being A Bad Patient & Seeing The Light

By Helen Edwards | October 2, 2013

  Healthy people need to take care of themselves to stay that way. It is so easy to go down the slippery slide of neglecting your health in our busy world. We live in a environment which discourages health – excessive amounts of food, sedentary lifestyles, too much to do, too many pressures, disconnectedness from…

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Is a Change as Good as a Holiday?

By Helen Edwards | September 25, 2013

They say change is as good as a holiday and I certainly daydream constantly about all the things I want to change – about my life, my home, my work, my time and myself. Sometimes I think I become so caught up in thinking about all the possible other directions in life I could take,…

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Adelaide Royal Show: Bringing Country to the City

By Helen Edwards | September 20, 2013

Last week we visited the Royal Adelaide Show. Shows are such a wonderful example of the conflict between healthy planet, healthy people, healthy home, and the reality of all the things that are causing us to drown in waste. They showcase healthy produce, home cooking, looking after the environment and family, with all of the…

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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