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Cristy Burne


Zeroes and Ones: The Geeks, Heroes and Hackers Who Changed History

XOUM/Brio Books (August 2018) ISBN: 9781925589399

  • 2019 CBCA Notables Book – Eve Pownall Awards
  • 2019 Shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Awards


Off The Track

Fremantle Press (July 2018) ISBN: 9781925591743

To The Lighthouse

Fremantle Press (June 2017) ISBN: 9781925164619

  • 2019 Shortlisted West Australia Young Readers Book Award (WAYRBA)


The Cosmic Adventures of Alice and Bob

CAASTRO (2017, illustrated by Aśka) ISBN: 978-0-646-96056-2

  • 2018 Shortlisted for the Australian Book Design Awards


Takeshita Demons: Monster Matsuri

Frances Lincoln Children’s Books (UK) (2011) ISBN 978-1847801371


Takeshita Demons: The Filth Licker

Frances Lincoln Children’s Books (UK) (2010) ISBN 978-1847801364

  • Sold into Finland (ISBN 978-9522303219, 2013)


Takeshita Demons

Frances Lincoln Children’s Books (UK) (2009) ISBN 978-1847801159 (paperback) 2009

  • Winner of the 2009 Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Book Award
  • Sold into the US (ISBN 978-1847801432 (hardcover) 2009)
  • Audio right sold (ISBN 978-1847802286 (CD) 2010)
  • Sold into Finland (ISBN 978-9522302373 (Finnish translation) 2012)
  • Sold into Indonesia (ISBN 978-6029346602 (Indonesian translation) 2012)

Writing awards and posts

2016–2018           Assistant Regional Advisor – Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Australia West

2016–present      Casual academic – Curtin University (“Writing for Children” and/or “Communicating with Asia for Engineers”)

2013–present       Curator – HeARTlines Children’s Literature and Book Illustration Festival

2014                       Consultant editor – Scitech’s ScienceNetworkWA

2009                       Winner – Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award

2008                       Winner – Voices on the Coast Children’s Writing Competition, Queensland

2007                       Editor – CERN’s International Science Grid This Week

2006                       Winner – Young and Emerging Writer program – Varuna House (one of six in Australia)

2003                       Board member – Australian Capital Territory Writers Centre

2003                       Editor – CSIRO’s Scientriffic magazine

2002                       Finalist – National Youth Week Writeit Competition (one of ten in Australia)

Freelance writing

Science writing

  • I’m a past editor of CSIRO’s Scientriffic, CERN/Fermilab’s iSGTW, and Scitech’s ScienceNetworkWA.
  • I’m a regular contributor to CSIRO’s Double Helix and Scitech’s Particle.
  • My articles on popular science, travel and food have appeared in Cosmos, ScienceMax, Metropolis, Perth Woman, Yes!, DestinAsian, Scoop, Scientriffic, The Ultimate Science Guide, The Helix, The Canberra Times, Crinkling News and many others.

Museum writing

I wrote the graphics panels for the Australian Museum’s 2014 exhibition “Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family,” which won best temporary/travelling exhibition in the 2014 Museums and Galleries National Awards.


Since 2013 I have curated the bi-annual HeARTlines Children’s Literature and Book Illustration Festival and Exhibition. This event brings the magic of children’s literature and illustration to Perth’s eastern hills region.

Festival appearances

2019       Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival – QLD

2019       Somerset Storyfest – QLD

2019       Scribbler’s Festival – WA

2018       Sydney Writers’ Festival: Russ the Story Bus (Children’s Festival of Moving Stories) – NSW

2018       Telling Tales in Balingup – WA

2018       Perth International Arts Festival Writers Week – WA

2017       Ubud Readers and Writers Festival – Indonesia

2016       Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival – United Arab Emerates

2015       The Asian Festival of Children’s Content – Singapore

2011       Perth Writer’s Festival – WA

2013       Words Go Round Festival – Singapore

2011       All Saints Literature Festival – WA

2010       Perth Writer’s Festival – WA

2006       Science on the Move – South Africa

2002       Questacon Smart Moves – Regional Australia

2001       Shell Questacon Science Circus – Remote and regional Australia

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