Hazel Edwards


Best known for There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake, Hazel writes across media for adults & children, and is currently writing her autobiography.

In 2013, she was awarded an OAM for Literature. As a national literary ambassador, Hazel supports various reading organisations. She mentors 'Hazelnuts' and is a director on the Australian Society of Authors' board. She is the recipient of the 2009 ASA Medal awarded by her writing peers.

Hazel Edwards has been nominated three times for The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award  www.alma.se. This is the world's largest prize for children's and young adult literature. 

As well as going on an Antarctic expedition in 2001, she has co-written adventure memoirs including 'Trail Magic; Going Walkabout for 2184 Miles on the Appalachian Trail'  with her son, Trevelyan Quest Edwards, who is also originator of the hippo concept.  

Based on her Writing a Non Boring Family History, Hazel runs workshops for genealogists. Her junior history books include  Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop, Professor Fred Hollows and Edith Cowan; A Quiet Woman of Note in the Aussie Heroes series.

Hazel is married with two adult children and two grandsons, for whom she writes stories each birthday. 

For writers, ‘Authorpreneurship;The Business of Creativity’ is her popular ‘how to’ book.

'Difficult Personalities' with Dr Helen Mc Grath has been translated into Polish, Korean and Russian. 

'I'm the Boy Within', a YA novel co-written with Ryan Kennedy, tackles coming-of-age for a youth who transitions gender. A youtube clip by Kailash Studio interviews the co-authors about reactions to their controversial novel.

Pocket Bonfire Production's 'Hippo' film premiered at St Kilda Film festival and screened internationally at Edinburgh Film Festival.

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