Cristy Burne

Author, editor, science writer

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An amazing school visit – Art, science, English and more

I was recently lucky enough to spend some time at Rostrata Primary, where the Year 3s have been studying To the Lighthouse in class. Their amazing teachers, Edward Wilkinson and Charu Sharma, have used To the Lighthouse to teach art, science, English and more…

I was so humbled and impressed by the students’ efforts. There were book reviews, lighthouse mosaics, To The Lighthouse comics, gorgeous peacock paintings, fabulous lighthouse wall displays, and an incredible working lighthouse activity. LOVE IT! Thank you so much!

And, as a special treat, I was able to meet Richard Johnson, Rostrata’s incredible science specialist teacher. He’s a passionate teacher, and a finalist in the Global Teacher Prize for the work he has done in bringing science to life in primary schools (announced by Stephen Hawking here).

In the school lab I saw spiny stick insects, giant pterosaurs, 3D printers, gorgeous fish, and more silkworm moths than I’ve ever seen in my life!!!!! I also saw how science can be brought to life for children. I didn’t enjoy science at primary school because I didn’t ever realise how fabulous it was.

Now, thanks to teachers like Mr Johnson, kids around Australia can have this chance. Amazing!


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Some fun snaps from the last few weeks

I’m feeling really lucky right now to have had such an amazing year and to have met so many terrific people.

I also feel lucky not to have been made into snail milkshakes by a demented frog with the world’s least popular hair. Because in this writing business, anything can happen. Especially when you let kids begin with a Mr Squiggle and then James Foley starts to draw…AMAZING!

Thanks to Suzette Teixeira for these photos from a great session with James at the City of Melville’s Merge Festival. Here we are ‘on the couch’ with Jane Fraser, the CEO of Fremantle Press. It was so much fun – thank you for laughing at our jokes. As you can see, I thought they were pretty funny 🙂

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SIDE.jpgAnd thanks also to the fabulous team at the School of Isolated and Distance Education!

We had a terrific day chatting to kids from all over Australia and the world!! I had a blast 🙂

I especially loved the chance to teach with a text box active on the screen, because students were firing jokes and questions and it was fast-paced and funny. Perfect! Thank you everyone!!


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Backyard Book Fair: fast, funny and free at the State Library

SCBWI Book Fair SMLGrab your tickets to the Backyard Book Fair, held this December 2nd in the State Library of WA Theatre.

It’s a morning of fast, funny and free fun with some of WA’s most exciting children’s book authors and illustrators.

We only have 10 minutes each, so it’s like speed dating with your favourite book creators! Draw, write, invent, explode rockets…we’ve got it all!

Even better, while your kids are entertained in the theatre, you can buy some locally grown books in the foyer… You can even have your books signed! Christmas? Sorted!

Suitable for ages 10 and below, but everyone is welcome and morning tea is supplied.

Tickets are free but going fast.

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Merge with me!

This Saturday is Merge Festival at the City of Melville!

There’ll be pop up venues, non-stop entertainment (including me!?), food trucks galore, boutique market stalls, amazing authors (including children’s authors James Foley, Deb Fitzpatrick, Gabriel Evans, Chris Nixon and Brendan Ritchie!!!), fantastic activities for all ages, free dance lessons and so much more!

Visit for all the details.



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Thank you Ubud!

I’m back from Ubud! It was AMAZING! I feel so lucky to have been part of this year’s Ubud Readers and Writers Festival

I have met so many fabulous and talented people, been so inspired, challenged and stimulated, and been so well looked after.

Thank you to the gorgeous team at KanoSari Ubud for putting me up in the most fabulous surrounds, to WritingWA for getting me over there, to my fellow presenters and moderators for inspiring me and teaching me, to the readers for coming along (and inventing a people-phobic-peacock), and to the entire festival team for creating such a beautiful thing.

Now to get to work: I have a long, long list of Things I Want To Do 🙂

PS: I also met my November 1 manuscript deadline, which I’ve been working towards since signing with XOUM in March. Yeeee ha!


Want a fun family day this weekend? Head to the South Beach Community Garage Sale

This Saturday grab the family and head to Barrow Park for a day of sun, fun, sand and treasure-hunting. Held by the awesome South Beach Community Group, the Garage Sale will be MASSIVE, with coffee, food vans, free face painting and entertainment (that’s me!), plus the City of Cockburn’s Sustainability Trailer with plenty of info about reusing, reducing and recycling.

Join the Garage Sale Trail

This year’s sale is on Saturday 21 October, from 9am to 2pm.

Join us at Barrow Park and:

  • Part with the old and unwanted items in your house
  • Clear out your storage and garage and make room for life (and your cars)
  • Encourage reuse and make some pocket money

Sell your goodies, bric-a-brac and oddities by registering your stall for free (no commercial vendors please).

Not enough stuff to warrant a stall? The South Beach Community Group stall are accepting donations for their stall.

Hope to catch you there!
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Buzz Week and Merge Festival

Don’t you just love spring! Everything feels fresh, there’s loads to do, the sky is blue…

If you want to get out and about there are two fab family festival events on the way:


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Check out the Buzz Week Nov 2017 Program, or just grab a coffee and book your kids a spot at my Friday November 10 workshop:

Cristy Burne’s creative writing and invention workshop for kids
Friday 10 November, 4pm – 5.30pm
For six to 10 year olds   $3 non-refundable
Refreshments served from 4pm
Switch on your imagination for this funny and interactive workshop with children’s author and science writer Cristy Burne. Write, draw and invent. All materials provided.

Bookings are essential through the Town’s online event calendar Call 9373 5500 or email



Merge Festival has SO MUCH on for lovers of music, art, food, literature and general good times. Check out the full lineup here or book your kids a spot (and book your book) for a conversation with myself and James Foley about dung, quokkas and island adventure:

ON THE COUCH – Conversations with Authors (Children)
Civic Centre Reception, 2pm
This session will focus on Children’s Literature, and is guaranteed to be entertaining and insightful. Book signings available. Limited places. Bookings required which includes a copy of your chosen book.
Authors: James Foley(Dungzilla) & Cristy Burne (To the Lighthouse)


Hope to see you there!