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

Sala Verde, traditional methods for contemporary interiors

By Helen Edwards | July 12, 2013

Nikki Lisle, dreamt up and started Sala Verde three or four years ago when she was looking for an escape route out of the corporate rat race she was working in. Nikki studied interior design part time and things turned a corner from there. She decided to combine her interests in design, travel, anthropology, the environment, healthy…

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Decoration and Design road trips!

By Helen Edwards | July 11, 2013

It is my birthday on Saturday (yes I am a typical home loving, home obsessed Cancerian hence my interiors passion :-)) and for my present I decided I was going to Decoration and Design in Melbourne to see what is on offer and share it on the blog. When my husband found out he of…

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VIVID 2013, curator Scott Lewis on design talent in Australia

By Helen Edwards | July 4, 2013

VIVID is Australia’s longest running design competition and innovation showcase for new and emerging designers. Vivid was born 11 years ago out of the desire to create a platform for emerging designers to showcase and support their vocation and talent. It has progressed to link in with the London Design festival and is gearing up…

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Sustainable House Day 2013

By Helen Edwards | July 2, 2013

Sustainable House Day is coming on Sunday 8th September! The event began in 2001 as an initiative of the Australian Solar Energy Society (AuSES). (image above of a Sustainable House – via Permaculture Sydney). The Sustainable House Day website reports that last year, over 200 homes opened their doors to over 40,000 people as “millions of Australians continue to…

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LAB DE STU, a design collective

By Helen Edwards | July 2, 2013

LAB DE STU is a multi award-winning cutting edge independent Melbourne design collective. Adam Lynch, Dale Hardiman and Andre Hnatojko, the designers behind LAB DE STU will be showcasing their work at the upcoming Decoration and Design  in Melbourne from 18 – 21 July. They created LAB DE STU as a way to showcase their work and promote…

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Ash Allen -Design, Made Trade 2013, small footprint, big impact

By Helen Edwards | July 1, 2013

Ash Allen studied a Bachelor of Engineering (Mech)/ B. Arts and later an MBA at La Trobe University. Married with three children, Ash lives in Rosanna, Victoria, and enjoys family time, designing/making and playing tennis. He is presenting his work at the upcoming Design, Made, Trade, part of Decoration and Design Exhibition in Melbourne and I can not…

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Home Furniture On Consignment, sustainability & a win win

By Helen Edwards | June 28, 2013

Home Furniture On Consignment’s (HFOC) Scott Faso, the founder and current proprietor of  HFOC had the idea for the business after his own personal experiences, moving from a large house in LA to a terrace house in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, then to a modern apartment and then back to a Victorian terrace.  The furniture that…

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Where the light is lower, Vale Jeffrey Smart and thank you

By Helen Edwards | June 21, 2013

Just breaking all over social media and the airwaves is the sad news that one of Australia and the world’s greatest Artists, Jeffrey Smart, has just passed away in Italy where he lived for many years, aged 91 years old. “Master of Stillness”, Jeffrey Smart had a huge personal impact on me as a young…

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“I am richer without this” a moment with David Trubridge

By Helen Edwards | June 17, 2013

I came across David Trubridge, a well known Designer and Artist living in New Zealand, in my travels seeking designers, artists and creatives with a green bent to connect with for the blog and to soak up as much learning from them as possible.  David certainly stood out to me as someone I needed to…

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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