Bren MacDibble

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Bren was raised in a muddle of backwater villages, farms and towns in heartland New Zealand alongside many fine young hobbits. And, in the tradition of young restless hobbits everywhere, she heaved on a backpack and spent a couple of years exploring the world: Asia, Europe and Africa mostly - but there was no magical quest involved. Like a hobbit, and due to a lack of cash or gold rings to sell, she went overland most of the way, living and travelling under local conditions... elephants through the jungle, crocodiles down the Zambesi, that kind of thing. Adventures do come to those who search for them. Her genetic necessity to wander still gets to her and at times like that you'll find her with a tent packed on the back of her motorbike touring Australia or NZ or the US.

In the last 25 years, Bren has lived in Tauranga, Frankfurt, London, Auckland and Sydney before finally stopping off in Melbourne, which is the place her kids call home (at least till the hobbit bug gets them). Bren and family live in an old house in the inner suburbs of Melbourne with their crazy dog, Basil Fawlty.

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 to flex her typing fingers again. 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 are out in the middle of 2017.

Bren has had more jobs than most hobbits have had second breakfasts. Currently she juggles working with gifted children for a private organisation and teaching at TAFE as well as writing and the neverending demands of keeping her old house from sinking into the sands of Melbourne. (edit note: Bren's house recently burnt out, so she is currently renting a house nearby with the tiniest bathrooms in the world, and wondering if her old house will ever be rebuilt.)

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