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Hazel Edwards Hazel Edwards i(A5841 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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Hazel Edwards is best known for her picture book There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake, which has been continuously in print since its original publication in 1980.

Edwards has also 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 to mark the 30th anniversary of the book, 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. The 40th anniversary of There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake (2020) was marked in Tamworth with Hazel Edwards Week, including readings by the author and other activities.

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), a National Reading Ambassador, and an ambassador for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

In 2013 she was awarded an OAM for Literature.

Most Referenced Works


  • 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' website Hazel Edwards: An Australian Author can be found at

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Celebrant Sleuth : I Do ... or Die Vermont South : BookPOD , 2017 14314305 2017 single work novel crime

''I buried my father, married my sister and sorted the missing will.'

'Quinn, a celebrant with style and a few obsessions but a good heart, solves quirky problems, mysteries and the occasional murder at weddings, funerals and naming ceremonies in her country town.

'Ex-actor with a great voice who writes eulogies to die for! Not forgetting a few quotable 'Quinn's Laws of Relativity'. A romantic, but asexual, Quinn lives with her long term partner Art who runs community Channel Zero.

'The workstyle of a celebrant is never routine. Fake I.D. Fraud. Fights, even to the death, over wills and inheritance ... Mislaid rings. Lost bride. Food poisoning. Clients of varied ages and cultures are well looked after. Even vintage millionairess Flora with the much younger lover who might be a con-artist.

'Quinn solves most problems but not always in the expected way.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 longlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
y separately published work icon Fake ID Sydney : Pan , 2002 Z984065 2002 single work novel young adult mystery
2003 nominated Davitt Award Best Young Adult Book
y separately published work icon Duty Free Port Melbourne : Lothian , 2002 Z962078 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
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