Who else would be a suitable person to write about for this letter but the ever popular Hazel Edwards? Her most popular book There’s a Hippopotamus on the Roof Eating Cake, is so popular it’s been made into a short film and you can find a clip of it here by Pocket Bonfire Productions (there’s a familial relationship there as one of these creators is my cousin).
Melbourne born and bred Edwards is a prolific author, not only has she written many, many books for children but is also the author of Writing a Non-boring Family History to help you write a better family history for future generations. I found out today while researching that she attended the same school I did, albeit a year or two earlier. Edwards is a director of the Australian Society of Authors’ board.
The book I need to add to my transgender reading list is F2m: The Boy Within. Along with Ryan Kennedy she wrote about the transition process of going from female to male and this would be an invaluable resource. Some years ago I had a customer asking for various books about different gendered relationships, there was nothing around at that time and she was searching for science fiction and fantasy books for her transitioning friend to give them both some guidance. Nowadays we have this book as well as many other books so the reading list has changed dramatically.