Hazel Edwards i(193 works by) (a.k.a. Hazel Eileen Edwards)
Also writes as: A. K. Aye
Born: Established: 1945 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Female
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Apart from her popular children's books and plays, Edwards has written school textbooks, readers for educational series, guides on business, travel and family history writing and on writing for young people, resources for teachers and non-fiction for adults and children. She has also written e-books for children, Zoo Clues and some works in her Frequent Flyer Twins series.

In 1990, Edwards was presented with a Community Service award by the Australian Fire Protection Association for her contribution in raising children's fire awareness through her use of scripts in schools including Playing with Fire (Nelson, 1989). She has twice been nominated for an AWGIE for her original script The Best School in the Galaxy (1994) and for her adaptation Hip Hip Hippo (1992).

As ANARE (Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition) writer-on-ice 2001, Edwards went on Voyage 5 of the scientific re-supply ship Polar Bird to Casey Station. During the six weeks as a 'roundtripper', she researched a YA eco-thriller about ele-seals, newspaper features and two picture books about Antarctica. She wrote Antarctic Writer on Ice : Diary of an Enduring Adventure (Common Ground Publishing, 2002) about her experiences.

Other notable achievements include the screening of There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake at Sydney Opera House, and a documentary on reactions to f2m: The Boy Within a coming- of -age YA novel about transitioning gender which was made by Kailash Studio. Edwards also runs book-linked workshops on ‘Authorpreneurship’ and ‘Writing a Non Boring Family History’ and is the director of ASA ,(Australian Society of Authors) and a National Reading Ambassador. She also owns her own e-bookstore (http://www.hazeledwards.com/shop). In 2013 she was awarded an OAM for Literature.


  • For information about this author's works for children not included in AustLit, see Australian Children's Books by Marcie Muir and Kerry White (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1992-2003).
  • Edwards' current (2007) website Hazel Edwards: An Australian Author can be found at http://www.hazeledwards.com/.

Awards for Works

Duty Free 2002 single work children's fiction children's thriller 'Fourteen-year-old Sam travels to China with her mum, well-known protestor Dr Lee, science writer and pacifist. Chinese dissidents have proof of atomic underground testing in Tibet and scientific formulae which they want to smuggle out to the Western media. Mum has carried out personal letters for dissidents before, but political maps or scientific formulae are a different issue. Officially that's spying, even if Mum believes it helps world peace to share scientific information. Worried, Sam starts imagining they are being watched, everywhere. Sam wants to help her Mum, but is it her duty or just someone else's politics?' (Source: Bookseller's website)
2003 nominated Davitt Award Best Young Adult Book
Fake ID 2002 single work novel young adult mystery
2003 nominated Davitt Award Best Young Adult Book
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