ceridwen bio

Ceridwen is an Australian fiction writer, creative non-fiction writer, science writer and filmmaker based in Sydney. Born in South Africa, she grew up between South Africa and Australia, went to Harvard University on scholarship as an undergraduate, and did her postgraduate studies in social anthropology at New York University.

Her debut novel, Blood Kin, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Award and selected for the U.S. National Book Foundation’s "5 Under 35" honours list. Her second book, Only the Animals, won the inaugural 2014 Readings New Australian Writing Award.

Her most recent book of stories is Only the Astronauts (Penguin Random House, 2024).

She is also the author of In the Garden of the Fugitives; On J.M. Coetzee: Writers on Writers; Life After Truth; Inner Worlds Outer Spaces; and Mothertongues (with co-writer Eliza Bell and original songs by Keppie Coutts). She's the author of the bestselling Audible Original audio-novel Once More With Feeling, and writes feel-good romance fiction for Audible as Adeline Knight.    

Ceridwen's science writing has been recognised with an Australian Museum Eureka Award and two UNSW Press Bragg Prizes for Science Writing.

With Rowena Potts, Ceridwen is the co-founder of the Archival Futures Collective, which is dedicated to making experimental archival films about emotions and ethics in outer space. She is the lead writer for the Survival Stories climate change storytelling project at the Australian Museum, co-created by Jenny Newell (Climate Change Curator) and Zoë Sadokierski (Associate Professor of Design at UTS). Ceridwen and Zoë also collaborate creatively as Animal Allegories.

Ceridwen is currently a Research Fellow at Macquarie University.