Sunday 11 August 2019


AUGUST is History Month but also Children’s Book Week.

Blackburn author Hazel Edwards OAM still lives in the house where the cake-eating hippo from ‘There’s a Hippopotamus on our Roof Eating Cake’ was created almost 40 years ago. This historic children’s book character has been selected as one of The National Library of Australia’s ‘Story Time; Australian Children’s Literature’, exhibition in August   and an accompanying book is to be released nationally on the 1st September 2019. The ‘Storytime Stars’ book will be available from the National Library Bookshop in Canberra from August to accompany the exhibition which runs until February. 2020.

Her co-written YA  novel‘’f2m;the boy within’ (Ford Street Publishing, 2010 ) the first Australian YA novel co-written by a trans ftm author, family friend Ryan Kennedy, will be included as a significant young adult novel in the same exhibition.  Currently it has inspired a comic graphic novel ‘The Boy Within’ by  NZ based, Australian transguys Ryan Kennedy and Sam Orchard. About coming of age as a transguy.

Story Time: Australian Children’s Literature (22 August 2019 – 09 February 2020) is presented in association with the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature. It features books, manuscripts, illustrations and ephemera from our collection, complemented by loans from NCACL and others.

The exhibition will be arranged thematically, with picture books, children’s and YA novels included. The book F2M will be displayed in a section about family, friendship and identity. There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake will be located in an area that looks at books exploring other worlds, imaginary friends and fairies

Stephanie Morris | Image Content & Publishing Assistant | NLA Publishing | Unbound
Exhibition curator, Grace Blakeley-Carroll
02 6262 1463
National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Canberra ACT | ph: 02 6262 1664 | e:

Hazel Edwards also interviewed many local celebrants in her research for ‘Celebrant Sleuth; I Do or Die,’ her adult mystery which has just become available on AUDIBLE.  One of the first Australian authors to voice her own novel where the narrator is of diverse gender.
Quinn is 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. Also writes eulogies to die for.
m 0409022702   On Twitter as muirmoir
AUDIBLE link for ‘Celebrant Sleuth;I Do or Die’

Wheelers Hill   Producer; Spring Studio, Harry Williamson who provided original music also.

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