An avid reader
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 booksand inspired a junior chapter book, classroom play scripts, stage 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
Whilst Hazel loves creating quirky, feisty characters for newly independent readers in her easy-to-read junior chapter books
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 Fellowship and 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 playscripts and literacy material.
A fan of interesting and unusual locations, Hazel has been a guest writer in residence at the former Fremantle Prison
Passionate about literacy and creativity, Hazel has mentored gifted children, acted as both a judge and problem writer for the Tournament of Minds program 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 is also a professional writing lecturer.
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!
- Master of Education
- Bachelor of Arts
(Trained Primary Teachers’ Certificate)
- Certificate 4, Workplace Training