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Writing Career Highlights


Cappuccino Diva, Black Coffee Press, 2003.
The Happiness Jar, Storytorch Press, 2013. 

Kids Books
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. 

Other stuff
If I ran Australia, Editor, Black Coffee Press, 2005.
Multiple Contributor, Where to Go When, Dorkling Kindersley UK, 2007. 
Short.   (Short Story), Black Dog Books (Walker Books), 2008. 


2000: Runner UpT.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 FellowBibliotheque 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.

Festival Presentations

2004: Ubud Writers' and Readers' Festival in Bali Indonesia. 
2014: Southern Highlands Writers Festival.
2014: Jugiong Writers Festival.
2014: Corrugated Lines Writers FestivalBroome.


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.