Hazel Edwards
“Creativity is the fun of putting
together unexpected ideas”

An avid reader (who read under the bedclothes and in the bath), as a young girl, Hazel Edwards wrote her first novel in grade six, a mystery about adventurous children stuck in a mine. This passion for writing and character development continued and after working as a secondary school teacher, at twenty-seven, Hazel published her first novel, ‘General Store’, a book based on life in a rural town.

           

It is Hazel’s third published work however that is her most well known, the children’s picture book classic, ‘There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake’. This special imaginary friend has been cherished by children and parents alike and led to the dubious honour of Hazel often being referred to as ‘the Hippo Lady’.

Since its publication in 1980, the age-less Hippopotamus on the roof has been reprinted annually, evolved into a series of six picture books and inspired a junior chapter book, classroom play scripts, a musicalstage production and a short movie.  The Hippopotamus books have also been translated into Braille and Auslan signing for the hearing impaired and were presented as an official Australian Government gift to the children of Princess Mary of Denmark.

       

Whilst Hazel loves creating quirky, feisty characters for newly independent readers in her easy-to-read junior chapter books (such as Sleuth Astrid the mind-reading chook), she thrives on writing for all ages and has published over 200 books across a range of subjects and genres.

Published titles include ‘ f2m:the boy within’,  a co-written, young adult novel about gender transition, picture book Stickybeakand the Frequent Flyer Twinsseries.

       

Hazel has collaborated with experts in various fields to publish adult non-fiction titles such as such as ‘ Difficult Personalities’, ‘Friends’, ‘Committeeitus’ and ‘Simply Events’ and helps people craft interesting stories about their ancestry in her popular workshop based on her book ‘ Writing a Non- Boring Family History”.

   

In 2001, Hazel was awarded the Australian Antarctic Division Arts Fellowshipand travelled to Casey Station on the ‘Polar Bird’ ice-ship. This visit inspired a range of creative projects including the young adult eco-thriller 'Antarctica's Frozen Chosen', picture book ‘ Antarctic Dad’and the memoir, ‘ Antarctic Writer on Ice’as well as classroom playscriptsand literacy material.

A fan of interesting and unusual locations, Hazel has been a guest writer in residence at the former Fremantle Prison (which is now the Fremantle Children's Literature Centre), the Mt Newman mining community in outback WA, a visiting author to PasirRidge International School in East Kalimantan, Indonesia and an author ambassador to Youfu West Street InternationalSchool in Nanjing, China.

   

Passionate about literacy and creativity, Hazel has mentored gifted children and proudly held the title of Reading Ambassdor for various organisations.  Currently a director  on the Committee of Management of the Australian Society of Authors, Hazel was awarded an OAM for Literature in 2013.

A keynote speaker, Hazel has been involved in web-chatsinternationally as a way of sharing books, ideas and encouraging literacy. She has even been a ‘Living Book’ online, to answer questions.

hazel_edwards_bio_200_words.pdf  Downloadable bio of Hazel for organisers 

Married to Garnet, with two adult children , Hazel writes a new story for her two grandsons each birthday. Hazel enjoys swimming, bellydancing and reading in the bath. Though not simultaneously!

Qualifications

  • Master of Education
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • TPTC (Trained Primary Teachers’ Certificate)
  • Certificate 4, Workplace Training

 

 

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Events & Appearances 2017

1st Fri each month   PROV 10-1pm  Mentoring & Finishing Book-Length Non Fiction.

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August 4th  10-1pm PRO

August 8th  Canberra: Chapman Primary School family 'Literacy' evening

August 12th   Brunswick Foundling Archives Master Class 10-1pm 

August 14th   Ashburton Library   1.30-4.30 Writing a Non Boring Family History or Memoir'

August 18th  Doncaster Library  11-12   Writing a Non Boring Family History or Memoir'

August 21st  11.30  Hume Grammar school visit

August 23rd (Weds) 11am Date with Reading Dog Ollie, Diamond Valley library, Greenborough.

August 24th  2pm Beverly Hills Primary , Doncaster 

August 18-25  Chn Book Week 'Escape to Everywhere' 

August 31st 1.30-3pm Chelsea Library 'Writing A Non Boring Family History'

September 1st 10-1pm PRO

September 8-10   HNSA Conference Swinburne   Sun 10th Sept  11.30 Authorpreneurship. Bookings & Blog 

September 16th  10-1pm  Yarra Glen L&L Centre  'Writing a Non Boring Family History or Memoir'

September 19th  YABBA

October 6th 10-1pm PRO

October 20 th (Fri) 1-4pm  Colac Library ' Writing a Non Boring Family History'

November 3rd 10-1pm PRO

December 1st  10-1pm PRO

2018

March 24th  Goulburn Readers/Writers' Festival 

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