Samantha Tidy

Samantha Tidy Image 1Samantha Tidy has published in a range of fiction genres – adult, young adult and children's fiction. Currently she is focused on historical children’s writing and young adult ‘cli-fi’ (climate-fiction). In addition to her creative writing, she writes educational content for national institutions such as the National Library of Australia. Originally a high school English and French teacher, she has also enjoyed a passionate career in museums and libraries sharing cultural heritage with young people.

Her most recent illustrated children’s picture book, The Day We Built the Bridge (February 2019, MidnightSun Publishing) was featured in Scholastic Australia’s Teacher Essential Bookclub, and sold 4,500 copies (the whole of the first print run) in 3 days, requiring a reprint in its first week of release.

In 2019-2020 she is the recipient of funding from ArtsACT, to work on a historical children’s fiction about the 1934 Macrobertson AirRace.

Samantha Tidy grew up in Western Australia, where her fascination with history came from. As a child, her dad started teaching her about the local stories of their past and she was hooked. She started researching the history of her hometown – Fremantle, and the many generations in her family who shaped the port town and its incredibly rich personality. Somewhere in there, she developed a sense of ‘home’. As a result, she loves to write stories that cultivate a sense of connection and community with one another.

In 2008, she was the recipient of a research fellowship, at the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) in Paris, focusing on youth experiences in libraries and museums. In 2009, she completed a Masters in Creative Writing at The University of RMIT, Melbourne.

Samantha has delivered many workshops at writers’ centres, public libraries and in schools and is passionate about cultivating those daring aspirations of young people who one day dream of becoming writers. She is also an avid gardener, potter and permaculturalist!