Cristy Burne

Literary CV

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Cristy Burne

Perth, Western Australia


1997 Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology), Murdoch University (Vice Chancellor’s Awards)

2001 Graduate Diploma in Science Communication, ANU

2006 Master of Arts (Professional Writing), Deakin University



Zeroes and Ones: the geeks, hackers and heroes who made history

Brio Books, August 2018


Off the Track

Fremantle Press, August 2018


To the Lighthouse

Fremantle Press, March 2017


The Cosmic Adventures of Alice and Bob

CAASTRO/Curtin University, March 2017

Illustrated by Aśka.


Takeshita Demons

ISBN 978-1847801159 (paperback) 2009

ISBN 978-1847801432 (hardcover) 2009

ISBN 978-1847802286 (CD) 2010

ISBN 978-9522302373 (Finnish translation) 2012

ISBN 978-6029346602 (Indonesian translation) 2012


Takeshita Demons: The Filth Licker

ISBN 978-1847801364 (paperback) 2010

ISBN 978-9522303219 (Finnish translation) 2013


Takeshita Demons: Monster Matsuri

ISBN 978-1847801371 (paperback) 2011



Freelance career


  • I have been a regular contributor to Crinkling News, CSIRO’s Double Helix and Scitech’s Particle.
  • My articles on popular science, travel and food have appeared in CosmosScienceMax,MetropolisPerth WomanYes!DestinAsianScoopScientrifficThe Ultimate Science GuideThe HelixThe Canberra TimesFarming AheadResource StocksAustralian Biotechnology News and others.


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.

Corporate and government

I specialise in science and ICT, including manuals, case studies, and technical writing.


Writing awards and posts

2016-present       Assistant Regional Advisor – Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Aus West

2016-present       Casual academic – Curtin University’s “Communicating with Asia for Engineers” and “Writing for Children”

2015-present        Judge – Write a Book in a Day competition

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

2014       Consultant editor – Scitech’s Science Network Western Australia

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

2003       Board member – Australian Capital Territory Writers Centre

2003       Editor – CSIRO’s Scientriffic magazine

2002       Finalist – National Youth Week Writeit Competition

1993       Finalist – Canon Young Writers of the Year Competition

Festival appearances

2017       Ubud Writers and Readers Festival – Indonesia

2016       Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival – UAE

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

Author: cristyburne


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