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!