story, science, technology and creativity

Live creatively and courageously. Have fun.

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We’re all part of something bigger

Welcome to this tiny part of the world….

I’m an award-winning internationally published Perth-based children’s author working on the intersection of story, science, technology and creativity.

I’ve worked at CERN (home of the Large Hadron Collider!), at Questacon (as part of a science circus!), and in the back of a ute (as a garbage analyst!). I’ve also bungee-jumped, sky-dived, back-packed and exploded sewage on my neighbour. I’ve spent five days on a canoe down the Whanganui River, four days on a camel along the Southern Silk Road, three days hiking in the Alps, two days accidentally locked in an Illinois hotel room, and a lifetime trying to learn and do and enjoy and improve.

My focus is on empowering our next generation of science-savvy citizens to think critically and creatively. And a huge part of that is having fun.

That’s why I choose to use my platform as a science writer and children’s author to inspire four superpowers:

  • Creativity: innovating and thinking outside the box;
  • Courage: being brave enough to try, and resilient enough to bounce back;
  • Compassion: living with kindness and empathy; and
  • Capability: falling in love with learning

Because stories are a superpower. Stories are about having a voice, and hearing others’ voices too. 

New inventions. New solutions. New ideas.

My passion is for making and creating and STEM and STEAM.

My books have been published internationally and recognised in the WA Premier’s Book Awards, the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year, the Wilderness Society’s Environment Prize, the WA Young Reader’s Book Awards, and the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year awards.

Science, creativity, adventure!

Cristy Burne hairy feet.jpgSolving our real-world problems requires creativity.

We need innovative, out-of-the-box thinking. We need courageous, active citizens of the world to stand up and play their part.

That’s why I’m so passionate about blending STEM, literacy, storytelling and creativity to enthuse, engage and empower. 

I’ve worked as a science communicator for 20 years across six countries and have degrees in biotechnology, science communication, and a Masters in Professional Communication. I’ve been a patent translator, museum writer, magazine editor and atom-smashing reporter.

I live in Perth, Australia. I love chocolate. And I’m always working on my next book.

Book me to speak at your festival, library, school or conference.

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Storytelling: first imagination, then innovation

Give books. They won’t break, they’re not plastic, and they’re full of new worlds and new ideas. 

Recommended reading

Thank you to everyone who takes time to post a book review… Your book recommendations help other kids find books they might enjoy.

THANK YOU for helping to spread good things in to the world.

Play, learn, create

Check out these great classroom ideas for inspiring kids to explore science, creativity and literature, developed with creativity and science literacy in mind. 

Who, me? Yes, you!

Let’s work together!

I can help bring the science-and-tech creativity-and-courage va-va-voom to your next event. My talks are FUNNY: your students will be buzzing. I cover tips for story writing, how I got started, behind-the-scenes stories about my books, why I love science, and how much science and storytelling have in common. 

* STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

** STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths

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