Dr. Helen Edwards

Helen Edwards Australian Children's Author
Author | Motivational Speaker | Poet | Storyteller
Home State:
South Australia (SA)
Anxiety | ANZAC Day | Bullying | CBCA Book Week | Courage | Death | Disability | Environment | Family | Friendship | Health | Historical Writing | Inclusion | Poetry | Protected Animals | Resilience | Science Week | Self-acceptance | War
Presentation Format(s):
Masterclass | Presentations | Professional Development | Talks | Workshops
Audience Type(s): Adults | Librarians | Parents | Primary Age | Secondary Age | Teachers
Visit Type(s): In Person | Online

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I am Dr. Helen Edwards, an Adelaide-based children’s author who weaves diverse stories of nature, magic and history.

I have a PhD in Psychology and a background working in mental health. I write stories that reduce stereotypes and increase understanding of diversity, including characters who live with chronic illness, mental illness, and/or who are neurodivergent. I have lived with type 1 diabetes since 1979. I also live with anxiety and ADHD, and several other chronic conditions. In 2001, I founded an award-winning online counselling service for people with diabetes, which I ran for 16 years.

Over 90,000 people follow my social media, where I inspire action for people and planet, with kindness and hope, focusing on our children’s future.

My debut middle-grade, The Rebels of Mount Buffalo, was published in October 2023 by Riveted Press. 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 longlisted in the DANZ Children’s Book Awards 2024 and shortlisted in the Speech Pathology Australia Book Awards 2024.

The Rebels of Mount Buffalo, Speech Pathology Awards 2024

Dr. Helen Edwards‘ new book, Legend of the Lighthouse Moon will be published on 2nd October 2024 by Riveted Press. Set on Kangaroo Island in 1970, it’s a magical historical story with a main character with type 1 diabetes. It features the history of the Cape Willoughby lighthouse and the endangered sea lion colony, as well as drawing on legends from the islands where my grandmothers were born in the Irish Sea.

Some of Helen's Books

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