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 will be available in August. 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 fun interim puppet song and dance track for littlies. 

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.

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


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

Schools seeking author-read picture books, check  Kinderling Radio for Hazel's hippo reading. Others 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

'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.


 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.

40th Anniversary Hippo with confetti



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

Book Week: Larrikin Puppets Musical of 'Hijabi Girl: Brisbane

25th Tues(Malvern) and 28th Fri (Point Cook)POSTPONED


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