Hazel Edwards

Photographer: Mary Broome

Award-winning author

Authorpreneur Hazel Edwards, an ex-student of CHS, believes writers are in the business of creativity and that their intellectual property should be valued. But she also started the first belly dancing class in Antarctica when stuck in the polar ice during an Australian Antarctic Division expedition as writer. Creativity is risking the combination of unlikely ideas in a productive way.

Best known for her book There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake, which celebrated its 33rd anniversary with a short film, shown at Sydney’s Opera House, Hazel writes across media, for children and adults. Hazel runs Non Boring Writing workshops for genealogists, and mentors on web-chats. A 2012 National Year of Reading Ambassador and director on the Australian Society of Authors’ board, her 200 books have been translated into many languages. An app of picture book Feymouse (Blue Quoll), about a large and clumsy cat born into a family of highly talented mice, is her latest digital experience.

Formerly Aust-China electronic writer-in-residence with Nanjing Youfu West Street International School, she mentored their bi-lingual School Turtle book. Her online store has e-literacy performance scripts and mystery series starring a non-reading 10 year old Art as hero sleuth. The Authorpreneurship – The Business of Creativity e-book is available from her website.

Latest picture books include Flight of the Bumblebee (with classical music CD), Plato the Platypus Plumber (Part-time) (also available for Kindle) and the new Hooray! There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Having a Birthday Party. Difficult Personalities, co-written with Dr Helen Mc Grath (Penguin) has USA and Polish editions. She achieved an international first with trans ftm co-author Ryan Kennedy with the YA print novel f2m; the boy within (www.fordstreetpublishing.com) about transitioning from female to male (e-book available on Amazon), with a documentary in progress. The anthology Chopper Rescue and other Stories (www.teachingsolutions.com.au) is relevant for mentoring writers.

Melbourne-based, Hazel is a frequent keynote speaker and gives web chats for remote writers. Married with two adult children and grandsons for whom she writes a story each birthday, Hazel is a long-term writing mentor for youth. Recently, Hazel was awarded an OAM for her contribution to literature. www.hazeledwards.com includes FAQs, notes, bios, bibliography and gigs.

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