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Me with my book and typewriter at about 4 years old.
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Hello there and welcome. My name is Dr Helen Edwards.  I am an author of children's and young adult fiction, and non-fiction for adults, represented by Debbie Golvan, of Golvan Arts Management.

I have a PhD in Psychology. I am an award-winning health and eco blogger and advocate. I am Mama to 3 beautiful sons and live in Adelaide with my family and 2 cats. I have wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. So, I went off and became a social worker! Seriously not writerly. But in fact it was, because most of my work over the decades has been about people's stories.

I have lived with type 1 diabetes since 1979 and I have quite a few other chronic conditions that can make life tricky. In 2001 I founded an award-winning online counselling service to support people living with diabetes. It was the first in the world, and it was a hit. I ran this for more than 16 years and won many awards for this work. You can see more here.

In 2013 I started a blog called Recycled Interiors, which later became the Sustainable Home Hub, and finally, merged here at my writing site. I am passionate about our beautiful Mother Earth and am all about inspiring action for our planet. In particular, I focus on living a more gentle life for our children's future, with #kindnessandhope.

I am currently working with my agent on getting my middle-grade story, The Heart of Scorpius, out into the world. Works in progress include a young adult eco-fantasy, The Forest Keepers.

I am available for blog and social media collaborations, speaking at events and workshops, and school visits. In particular, I am focussing on creating conversations and resources about climate grief and anxiety for our children and young people. Head here for more and to #connectforclimate. I look forward to sharing stories that matter with you and inspiring action for #ourkidsplanet

Helen x

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Featured Books

Healthy Planet, Healthy People, Healthy Home

By Helen Edwards

Create a Sustainable Home YOU Love Do you want a more sustainable lifestyle? Make more yourself, do more yourself, grow your own, eat healthier, take care of your family and…

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Diabetes Can’t Stop Me

By Helen Edwards

Growing up with diabetes is not easy. There are lots of things children and their families find hard. Daily management tasks can become battle grounds and it can be an…

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Highlights From The Blog

how to upcycle and repurpose and old upright piano into a cabinet

How to Upcycle an Old Piano into a Cabinet

By Helen Edwards | October 15, 2019

Music is such an important part of most people’s lives. It has been very important in mine. I started learning the piano when I was 7 years old. My first piano teacher was called Mrs Sharp, which still makes me giggle today (if you know music, then you will get that joke!). I went on…

Earth Greetings sustainable diaries and cards

Greetings From The Earth

By Helen Edwards | October 14, 2019

Earth Greetings design and make greeting cards, stationery and homewares, with the lightest possible footprint on the planet. Some of the ways they achieve this, are by choosing 100% recycled, natural and biodegradable materials, avoiding plastic, carbon offsetting and donating a minimum 10% of profits to environmental organisations. From humble beginnings as an Earth friendly…

How to grow a sustainable spring garden

Tips on Creating a Sustainable Spring Garden

By Helen Edwards | October 9, 2019

Amanda Stewart and her husband Paul, are the proprietors of Barrow and Bench Mitre10, a delightful hardware store and garden centre, located in Adelaide’s inner Southern suburbs. Amanda has long had a connection to the land and the natural environment. Her childhood was spent on a broad acre farm in rural South Australia, where local…

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Rescued, Upcycled, Upholstery Art with An.ti.quate

By Helen Edwards | September 30, 2019

Kerri Hollingsworth from An.ti.quate creates masterpieces with old chairs and fabric remnants. She has recently stepped into the unknown, trialling natural elements within her Upholstery Art. Using barks, vines, native grasses, beautiful gum leaves and dried flowers, she creates exquisite, rescued, upcycled upholstery art pieces, with old chairs. ‘It’s very much an experimental phase, but…

To The Salty Sea

By Helen Edwards | September 26, 2019

Take my hand and give me hope, Walk with me to the salty sea, Watch sky meet water Day hovering into night, See silver stars Fade into sight, Across an endless Purple black palette, Understand We are tiny, We stand upon Edges Moments Pieces of Time, We stand upon Spaces borrowed From our children, Take…

The Art of Getting a Literary Agent

By Helen Edwards | September 25, 2019

Writing can be very lonely. It’s an often misunderstood and thankless job, with no guarantee of anyone reading your words. For many of us, the goal is mostly to have a readership. Of course we all need to make a living, and getting paid for writing is important. But my blog posts are written with…

"Stories make sense of the world and teach us about life. Stories entertain and dazzle. Books and stories and words are there in your darkest hours and, your most brilliant moments of joy. Life is stories. It is stories that put things into perspective, place you in the real world, take you away to another world, another time and another possibility. In a story anything can happen" Helen x

Features and Awards

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1st Place Winner