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Speaker Profile - Helen Margret Edwards

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Region: Australia East/New Zealand
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in my country
Skype Visit: Yes
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Hi there and welcome! My name is Dr Helen Edwards. I am a children's and young adult author represented by Debbie Golvan, of Golvan Arts Management.


I have a PhD in Psychology and am an award-winning wellbeing, vintage and eco blogger. I also offer sensitivity/diversity reading services for other writers, in the areas of physical and mental health.


I am Mama to 3 beautiful sons and live in Adelaide with my family, 2 snuggly cats and a very energetic young Kelpie.


I have wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. So, I went off and became a social worker! Seriously not writerly. But in fact it was, because most of my work over the decades has been about people's stories.


I have lived with type 1 diabetes since 1979 and have quite a few other chronic conditions that make life tricky, including stomach paralysis (gastroparesis), anxiety and ADHD.


In 2001 I founded an award-winning online counselling service to support people living with diabetes. It was the first in the world and it was a hit. I ran this for more than 16 years and won many awards for this work. You can see more here.


In 2013 I started a sustainable blog which is now merged here at my writing site. I am passionate about our beautiful Mother Earth and about inspiring action.


I am currently working on a number of middle-grade and YA fiction stories and writing my type 1 diabetes memoir.


I look forward to sharing stories with you. You can sign up here for my occasional news, shop for books and eco-products here and head here to find my services.


Helen x