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 finally stopping off in Melbourne'.
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).
Awards for Works
How to Bee2017single work children's fiction children's fantasy
'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.'