Hazel Edwards

“Creativity is the fun of putting
together unexpected ideas”

Best known for the children's literature classic 'There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake' series, Hazel Edwards writes for children, teenagers and adults.

With over 200 books published, Hazel runs non-boring writing workshops .Year- long master class  'Complete Your Book in a Year' runs at Public Records Office on first Friday of each month.Interstate Skype workshops may be possible in 2020.  

Larrikin Puppeteers plan ' Hijabi Girl' Musical puppets for Book Week 2020. Details 

Recent releases include  'Celebrant Sleuth: I do or die' 'an adult mystery, also an Audible book and mini-sequel ' Wed,Then Dead on The Ghan' on Kindle.

Tripfiction.com has just listed Hazel's Antarctic and Outback Australian fiction on their map as part of Literary Tourism.

 Many of Hazel's e-book titles , can be accessed via  Alchemy

 Inside Scoop .pdf interview about history of cake-eating hippo books as Hippo celebrates a 40th anniversary in 2020. Hazel's quirky memoir is 'Not Just a Piece of Cake; Being an Author'

 Three Generations of 'Hippo' book.

Author & son who inspired 'There's a Hippo...' & his own son.

Latest Videos

'How long to write a book?' Seven Steps Interview

Reading Dads & Hippo Fan Family

LOVE a Dad who shares books from his childhood with his own children.

Such a gift of literacy.

Booking Hazel

Book Hazel for an author visit, keynote address or attend one of her writing workshops. Read more...

Get Published

Learn how to write a non boring family history.




Hazel Edwards

There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake

Questions from Fans

Q. 'Does the hippo ever meet the characters from your other picture books?Like Stickybeak? '

A. Maybe. Where do you think they might meet? 


Yamba the Honey Ant

Hazel Edwards demonstrating storytelling with Yamba the Honey Ant on indigenous themed book program, Imparja TV, Alice Springs,Australia


Dolly Parton Library

2TM Tamworth Radio interviews Hazel about her books in Dolly Parton Imagination Library


Hippo on Vision Australia

Hazel is interviewed by Feelix librarian about the family stories behind the hippo books and their almost 40 years in imaginative lives of children.

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Events & Appearances 2019

1st Fri each month   PROV 10-1pm  Masterclass: Complete Your Book in a Year.

2020 ( booking & info here)  

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Feb 19th  1. 30-1pm  OAM Wheelers' Hill Library


March 1st (Sun) 1-4pm  Ivanhoe Library 'Writing Non Boring History for Grandkids' 

March 3rd  Dymocks First Tues Bookclub. 6.30  ' Hippo's 4oth' Bookings via Penguin here.

March 4th  International Women's Day. Box Hill Town Hall 6.30

March 6th PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year' 

March 27th  Society of Women Writers: 'Authorpreneurship' workshop


April 3rd  PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year'

April 18th  SCBWI   The Dock Library


May 1st  PROV  'Complete Your Book in a Year' 

May 30th TBC  Library Week  Rosanna Library 1-4 pm 'Writing a Non- Boring Family History' 


June 5th  PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year'

20/21st  Willy Festival  20/20


July 3rd PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year' 


August 7th PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year' 

Book Week; Larrikin Puppets Musical of 'Hijabi Girl:


Sept 4th PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year' 


Oct 2nd  PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year'


Nov 6th  PROV  'Complete Your Book in a Year'


Dec 4th PROV Mini Book launch