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. Zoom workshops during Pandemic and e-Manual is available. Meanwhile , free, downloadable Hazel's Schedule COMPLETE YOUR BOOK IN A YEAR.pdf 

Larrikin Puppeteers planning '  Hijabi Girl' Musical puppets for post-pandemic performance.  Details. '  Dance Like a Unicorn' is their dance track for littlies. Canadian Youtube interview on Larrikin puppeteering skills .

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. Script adaptations in progress for ABC.

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

Recent Hippo Features:

The Two of Us:  Penguin:  some of the 40 memories in Hazel's hippocampus.

Schools seeking author-read picture books, check under Videos or Youtube.

The Book Muse  40 years of hippo-pot-a-musing.

Classic Australian picture book turns 40  Copyright Agency Newsletter

herald-sun_40th_feb_29th_.jpeg 'Timeless Tall Tale'


Hazel Edwards

‘Wed, Then Dead on the Ghan’ is being adapted for other mediums.

Three Generations of 'Hippo' Book.


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

Latest Videos

          The best’ reading of ‘There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating cake in 40 years!


          KIngston Libraries Storytime : Librarian Sue Osborne


In Greek, community storyteller  YiaYia from Moreland City Library shares 'There's a

Hippopotamus on our Roof Eating Cake'. I learnt of this from an Australian-born adult

fan who was learning the Greek language by listening to these entertaining readings.

On Youtube, Fiona Mc Intosh reads the 40th anniversary 'There's a

Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake'

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





Booking Hazel

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

Get Published

Learn how to write a non-boring family history.

 40th Anniversary Hippo-memorabilia

 40 Fun Memories of the Cake-Eating Hippo-The Two of Us.pdf

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 2020

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

2020 ( booking & info here)  

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27th 10am YABBA (via Zoom)


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


Dec 4th PROV Mini Book launch