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 '  Hijabi Girl' Musical puppets for post-pandemic performance.  Details.  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.

 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

    Auslan signing ‘Ho Ho Ho: There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Christmas Cake'

by deaf student Izzy who chose it for her class storytime. Here, she is practising.





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 2021

Private online mentoring 'Complete Your Book in a Year' 

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Jan 12th   ZOOM U3A Nunawading Summer School 'Complete Your Book in a Year


14th-20th Society of Women Writers Vic  Book here. 'For the Love of Writing' Festival 

Feb 16th ZOOM  'Role of New Media'

Feb 20th  12.15  ZOOM with Suzanne Gervay 'The Two of Us: Collaborating'