WAY WITH WORDS: Children's author, Bren MacDibble talks about her eventful life.
WAY WITH WORDS: Children's author, Bren MacDibble talks about her eventful life. C2FILMS_CARTIER

Award-winning author's personal life is the real adventure

AUTHOR of 2018 Younger Readers Book of the Year, How to Bee, Bren MacDibble has deservedly enjoyed high praise.

But it is her personal life where the story really starts to get interesting.

Bren and her husband are on a road trip around Australia after their house burnt down, but the trip hasn't been all they had hoped it would be.

LISTEN: Get the full interview with Bren MacDibble here:

 

Matt Collins: How old were you when you realised you had a knack for writing?

Bren MacDibble: I was backpacking and I kept a travel log. I would handwrite in a diary in carbon copy and I sent copies back to my parents from around the world. But I didn't really start writing until my kids were about eight or nine. I did a writing course and it just felt right. I can entertain people with words which is good because talking to people is hard.

MC: Do you find that? Are you a bit of an introvert?

BM: Oh yeah, I've got no idea. I just stand there and hope for the best.

[Both laugh]

MC: Some of the chapters of your own life wouldn't be out of place in any exciting novel.

BM: Haha, you could say that. A cooling unit on our roof caught fire and burnt down half the house. We had to move out for a year while they re-built it. Everything we owned was water-logged, soot-ridden and had to go in a skip bin.

MC: You have said it was a liberating experience. What was so enlightening about your house burning down?

BM: Well, we no longer owned a lot of stuff so our lives became a lot simpler.

MC: You and your husband are currently on a road trip around Australia and you have stopped in Darwin for an extended amount of time. Can you tell us why?

BM: Yeah, the plan was to look around the country and see where we might want to live. But my husband came off his motorbike at high speed and suffered some pretty serious injuries. He was airlifted to Darwin and we have been here for six weeks as he is being put back together.

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