This is the brand new site of Cally Black.

What I Do

I write. Most of it for young adults. All of it for fun.
In 2015 I won the Ampersand Prize and a publishing deal with Hardie Grant Egmont for my very first young-adult novel, In The Dark Spaces.
In the Dark Spaces is a science-fiction thriller that hits the shelves in August 2017.


Who I Am

I'm a reader, teacher, traveller, and a writer, constantly seeking ways to create stories that speak to readers.
Since winning the Ampersand Prize I’ve gone on to write a novel for younger children called How to Bee (Allen & Unwin, May 2017) under the name Bren MacDibble.
I use a pseudonym to keep my two identities separate, and protect younger readers from my darker books.
I live in Melbourne with my family and a mad puppy. Around writing, I teach, and work with gifted children.


My Work

My first YA novel, a SF thriller, IN THE DARK SPACES, is about a girl living quietly on the fringes of one society, who is kidnapped and forced to learn to survive in a completely alien society. She'll need to find her voice, find her power, and find her young cousin, before both societies tear each other apart. Hardie Grant Egmont describe it as "a genre-smashing hostage drama," and say, "This ground-breaking thriller is the latest young-adult novel to win the Ampersand Prize, a stand-out entry with a blindingly original voice: raw, strange and deeply sympathetic. With its vivid and immersive world-building, this electrifying debut is The Knife of Never Letting Go meets Homeland, for the next generation of sci-fi readers." On sale soon from Hardie Grant Egmont and all good bookshops.
In the Dark Spaces won the Ampersand Prize in 2015 and hits the shelves August 2017.
There is a fun interview with Marisa Pintado of Hardie Grant Egmont talking about the Ampersand Prize here (Podcast Writer 182)

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