Bren MacDibble

Children's and YA Writer
Participates in 3 items

Raised on farms around the North Island of NZ, Bren MacDibble incorporates her love of the land into her enivronmentally themed children's books. Bren did the big backpacking OE in her 20s through Asia, Europe and Africa then settled in Melbourne for the next twenty years. A house fire and the loss of belongings prompted her to sell up, and spend two years living in a bus travelling around Australia. She has now dropped anchor in Kalbarri, WA.

Bren's first two trade novels, How to Bee, for children, and In the Dark Spaces, for young adults under the name Cally Black, both picked up New Zealand Book Awards in 2018. The first time anyone had won two categories in the same year. Her third novel, The Dog Runner, for children, also won a New Zealand Book Award in 2019. Bren has also won an Ampersand Prize, CBCA Book of the Year, a NSW Premiers Award, two Aurealis Awards, & a Qld Lit Award, and was nominated for a CILIP Carnegie Prize. 

Bren as Cally Black has also won multiple awards for In the Dark Spaces, a YA SF Thriller, described as blindingly original, vivid and immersive. Bren has another children's book being released simultaneously in the UK, Aus and NZ in early August 2020. Watch out for Across the Risen Sea.

Sessions in which Bren MacDibble participates

Saturday 1 August, 2020

Time Zone: NZDT/Wellington
11:00
11:00
14:00
14:00

Sunday 2 August, 2020

Time Zone: NZDT/Wellington
10:00
10:00
  • Kaffeeklatsch: Bren MacDibble
  • Signup required
  • Programming - Kaffeklatch and Literary Beer Room
  • 10:00 NZST  - 10:50 NZST  | 50 minutes
  • Kaffeeklatsch