Hazel Edwards OAM


About Me

Best known for the picture book classic series There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake 1980 which toured nationally as Hippo Hippo the Musical in 2016. Hazel Edwards OAM is an authorpreneur who mentors aspiring creators. Her memoir Not Just a Piece of Cake; Being an Author explores ‘anecdultery’ as storytelling structure and is on AUDIBLE.

Hazel runs ‘Complete Your Book in a Year’ workshops for PROV (Public Records Office) and participants all finish.

She has two adult children and four grandsons. Her hobby is bellydancing (not in public) and she believes in participant-observation research, even on an Antarctic expedition in 2001.

The National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature issued the detailed ‘A Guide to the Hazel Edwards Papers’ in 2023.

Hazel is adapting her diverse gender celebrant sleuth Quinn for screen. ‘Wed Then Dead on the Ghan’ was commissioned by ABC but not produced yet due to budget issues.

She believes writers should be idea risk-takers, and that creators of intellectual property should be respected as contributing to understanding our own and other cultures.

‘Grief and Loss in Schools’ is her latest resource.

You can find more information about Hazel Edwards at www.hazeledwards.com or via FaceBook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Hazel’s profile image was taken by Say Heidi Photography.


OAM for contributions to Literature
Monash University Distinguished Alumni for Education 2022
ASA (Australian Society of Authors) medal
Patron: Society of Women Writers (Vic)
YABBA Graham Davey Citation
Reading Ambassador for various charities


Master of Education
Bachelor of Education
Bachelor of Arts

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