Bren MacDibble

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Bren was raised in a muddle of backwater villages, farms and towns in heartland New Zealand. And, in the tradition of restless young people everywhere, she heaved on a backpack and spent a couple of years exploring the world: Asia, Europe and Africa mostly. She went overland most of the way, due to a lack of funds, living and travelling under local conditions.

Bren has lived in Whanganui, Hawkes Bay, Waikato, Tauranga, Frankfurt, London, Auckland and Sydney before finally stopping off in Melbourne for 20 years, where she raised two boys to fine young men. But the wandering was too deep in her bones. She rode motorbikes across the US twice, and around parts of Australia, then finally sold everything and moved into a bus. She is currently touring Australia, writing and teaching online at Tafe. You can follow those adventures HERE!

When Bren was young, she'd spend hours tapping out stories on an old typewriter. The wonderful children's and young adult books she read with her own kids inspired her back into writing. She has a special interest in science fiction and loves to write to explore the future. Bren attended Clarion South in 2004 and the Manuscript Development program with Queensland Writers Centre and Allen and Unwin in 2011. Bren also won the Ampersand Prize in 2015 for her first ever YA, In The Dark Spaces, writing as Cally Black, to separate her children's books from an older readership. In The Dark Spaces is a dark and wild YA SF thriller. Bren's second trade book was accepted for publication hot on its heels and is a children's novel with Allen & Unwin called 'How to Bee' and is set in a post bee, post famine Australia, where children hand-pollinate fruit trees. Both books came out in the middle of 2017. Bren's next book for children, Dry Running, will be out in May 2018. How to Bee hits the UK shelves in May 2018 published by Old Barn Books. How to Bee will also be published in the US and Canada by Groundwood early in 2019.

How to Bee has been shortlisted for a Queensland Literary Prize, a South Australian Festival Literary Prize, an Aurealis Award and a Ditmar Award. In the Dark Spaces has been Highly Commended in the Victorian Premiers Literary Awards, and shortlised for an Aurealis Award and a Ditmar Award.

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