Writing Career Highlights
Cappuccino Diva, Black Coffee Press, 2003.
The Happiness Jar, Storytorch Press, 2013.
The Flying Dream (illustrated by Connah Brecon), DoCs, NSW, 2006.
The Blue Polar Bear (illustrated by Ian Forss), DoCs, NSW, 2006.
The Day We Built the Bridge, MidnightSun Publishing, February 2019.
2000: Runner Up, T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Fiction.
2006: Winner, MHS Gold Award for Promotion of Mental Health (Aus/NZ).
2006: Highly Commended, NSW Public Sector Awards.
2008: Research Fellow, Bibliotheque nationale de France (BnF).
2010: Commended (3rd) FAW Jim Hamilton Award.
2011: Shortlisted, HarperCollins Varuna Award.
2011: Shortlisted, Penguin Varuna Scholarship.
2013: Runner Up (to Hannah Kent's Burial Rites), FAW Christina Stead Award.
2013: Winner, ACT Writing and Publishing Award for Fiction.
2015: Shortlisted, NLA Creative Fellowship.
Samantha Tidy is a Canberra-based writer of adult, young adult and children's fiction. Samantha is a former Director on the board of the ACT Writers' Centre, where for three years, she used her passion for writing and publishing, to promote and support the careers of all writers in the Canberra region. She is also President of the Museums Galleries Australia Education National Network.
Interspersed with travel overseas, Samantha spent the first seven years of her career as an English and French teacher, which enabled her to live in several beautiful parts of Western Australia, including a remote Aboriginal community (which was the inspiration for the Kimberley desert setting for her novel, The Happiness Jar). That novel was also the project for her Masters in Creative Writing at The University of RMIT, Melbourne, titled "In Heaven as it is on Earth: Created Heavens in Contemporary Literature, focussing on The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold."
Her main 'other' career focus for the past thirteen years has been in museum and arts education, developing a strong passion for Australian history and cultural heritage, notably at the Australian War Memorial, the National Archives of Australia and the State Library of Victoria, where she has led teams of passionate educators, towards communicating Australia’s heritage to young people, including as Head of Education at Australia's national touring company, Bell Shakespeare. She now focuses on museum education /tourism as a full-time consultant.