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Anna Ciddor

Author, Illustrator

Anna Ciddor inspires audiences with her passion for turning dry facts into gripping narrative. She has written and illustrated over 50 books, including the best-selling historical fantasy Runestone. For her newest success, Anna drew on her grandmother’s childhood in Poland and created The Family with Two Front Doors, a story of happy, colourful Jewish life before the war.


What other jobs have you had?

Believe it or not, my first career was as a senior school maths teacher, but I always had a creative side as well, (my maths was a bit creative too!). When I had kids, I took a break from teaching and decided to have a go at getting a book published. The rest is history…

What themes are recurring in your work?

I love research, so my books are always based on some amazing truth I have uncovered – usually about another time or place because I am obsessed with the past.

What have been the highlights of your career?

It’s been an unreal and exciting joy to have several of my books chosen by kids for children’s choice awards, and to win two Notable Book Awards from the Children’s Book Council. It’s a thrill every time I receive emails from readers telling me how much they love something I’ve written, or how my books have set them on the path to reading and enjoying books.


Your presentation was fascinating and I thought the way you linked the story with the research process and family connection was perfect.

— J. Laretive, Teacher Librarian, Moriah College, Sydney

I was inspired so much when you came in and how you turned family history into an absolutely amazing book! I really hope that one day I can do the same.

—Student, Presbyterian Ladies' College, Melbourne

Anna had the audience locked on to her presentation from start to finish. She unfolded a fascinating story of literary detective work, tracing the lives of her Polish grandmother and her family, and the audience couldn’t wait for a formal question-and-answer period at the end — they threw in questions as the session went along, and she handled them brilliantly and honestly.

—Chris, Committee Member, Williamstown Literary Festival

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