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Bren MacDibble Bren MacDibble i(A74006 works by) (a.k.a. Brenda MacDibble)
Also writes as: Cally Black
Born: Established:
New Zealand,
Pacific Region,
Gender: Female
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A Melbourne-based author, Bren MacDibble began writing in 1999. Writing for both adults and children, she has published a number of children's books and her (science fiction) short stories have appeared in various publications.

After spending her formative years in New Zealand, MacDibble travelled extensively and has spent time living in Tauranga, Frankfurt, London, Auckland and Sydney before settling in Melbourne.

In 2017, she released her first book for a young-adult readership, In the Dark Places, under the writing name Cally Black; the novel had previously won the 2015 Ampersand Award.

Most Referenced Works


  • For information about this author's works for children not included in AustLit, see Australian Children's Books by Marcie Muir and Kerry White (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1992-2003).

Personal Awards

2017 recipient The Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund

$2,999 awarded for a research trip through rural New South Wales and Victoria to inform her dystopian, climate-focused novel, which explores the extinction of grass.

Awards for Works

How to Bee 2017 single work children's fiction children's

'Sometimes bees get too big to be up in the branches, sometimes they fall and break their bones. This week both happened and Foreman said, 'Tomorrow we'll find two new bees.'

'Peony lives with her sister and grandfather on a fruit farm outside the city. In a world where real bees are extinct, the quickest, bravest kids climb the fruit trees and pollinate the flowers by hand. All Peony really wants is to be a bee. Life on the farm is a scrabble, but there is enough to eat and a place to sleep, and there is love. Then Peony's mother arrives to take her away from everything she has ever known, and all Peony's grit and quick thinking might not be enough to keep her safe.

'How To Bee is a beautiful and fierce novel for younger readers, and the voice of Peony will stay with you long after you read the last page.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Eight to 10 Years
2018 shortlisted International Awards New Zealand Book Awards Junior Fiction
2018 finalist Norma K. Hemming Award Long Work
2018 winner Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Younger Readers
2018 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Books
2018 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Younger Readers
2018 shortlisted Ditmar Awards Best Novel
2018 shortlisted Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Award for Children's Literature
2017 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Children's Division
2017 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Children's Book Award
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