Hi! I’m Cristy Burne
I grew up climbing trees, jumping drains, chasing cows and inventing stories. I have a passion for learning through doing and love to inspire creativity, daring and resilience in my readers.
I’m an Australian science writer, teacher and editor, and the Perth-based children’s author of adventure fiction for kids. I’ve also worked as a science circus performer, magazine editor, garbage analyst, Santa’s pixie and atom-smashing reporter at CERN in Switzerland.
My Takeshita Demons trilogy of children’s fantasy adventures were inspired by my years living in Japan, a healthy fear of ghosts, and a plastic head I found in a rubbish bin.
Takeshita Demons won the Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Award for diversity in children’s writing. Based on Japanese folklore, the series features mythical demons, called yokai, traditionally used to teach good manners and explain spooky phenomena.
I have degrees in biotechnology and science communication. I’ve edited several science magazines, helped create museum exhibitions, and written feature articles for countless magazines and newspapers.
I currently teach Writing for Children at Curtin University, am the Assistant Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for Australia West, and I’m always working on my next book.
Take a look around
I’ve been blogging for years. I hope you enjoy the read. If you have any questions, requests or would just like to say hi, I’d love to hear from you.
You can also play with some free Japanese mythology stuff, pick up tips on creative writing, check out my bio or hire me for a presentation, residency, workshop or to do some writing. Thanks for hanging out, and don’t forget to like me on Facebook.
Read my words
You can read my work in the amazing Crinkling News (Australia’s national newspaper for young people), CSIRO’s kids science magazine Double Helix; in the Australian Museum’s TYRANNOSAURS exhibition, now touring New Zealand; as well as on Scitech’s Particle news, medical websites, software manuals, cloud computing brochures and more.
Cristy is a science writer, teacher, editor and children’s author. Visit www.cristyburne.com for more information.
Cristy Burne grew up climbing trees, jumping drains, chasing cows and inventing stories. She has a passion for learning through doing and loves to inspire creativity, daring and resilience in her readers.
Cristy Burne is a past editor of CSIRO’s Scientriffic magazine for kids, a regular contributor to Crinkling News and Double Helix mag for kids/teens, and has worked as a travelling performer in the Shell Questacon Science Circus.
Cristy has worked as a science writer at CERN in Switzerland, Fermilab in the US, Scitech in Perth and even a year in Japan at a biotech patent law firm. She has a Bachelor of Science in biotechnology, plus a Grad Dip in Science Communication, and a Masters in Professional Communication.
Her books are published in three languages. Her latest book, To The Lighthouse, is out with Fremantle Press in June 2017. Visit www.cristyburne.com for more information.
– Before I became a writer, I was a science circus performer, garbage analyst, Santa’s pixie, magazine editor and atom-smashing reporter (at CERN in Switzerland).
– Takeshita Demons was inspired by my time in Japan, where I lived for three years, working as a teacher, editor and translator. I also learned to scuba dive in Japan (sugoi desu ne!).
– I have worked in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South Africa, Switzerland, the US and the U.K.
– I love chocolate milk, fruit bowls, children’s books, hiking, energetic people, dogs, bicycles, opportunities and good luck.
– I dislike queues, banks, cats, and having cold feet.
– My first book, Takeshita Demons, won the 2009 Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Book Award and was selected as part of the 2010 Booktrust Booked Up program.
– I was working at CERN, in Switzerland, when they turned on the atom-smashing Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
– As a feature writer, I have researched giant wetas, DNA technology, women’s boxing, Japanese paragliding, killer tomatoes, trends in tea…you name it!
– I have a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology, a Graduate Diploma in Science Communication, and a Masters in Professional Communication.
– My first children’s manuscript, One Weekend with Killiecrankie, won a Young and Emerging Writer fellowship at Australia’s Varuna House and went on to win the 2008 Voices on the Coast writing competition, held in Queensland as part of the Voices on the Coast literature festival.
– You can follow me on Twitter, or on Facebook, but be careful with the spelling (people always spell my name wrong: I get Christie Bern, Chris Burns, Christy Burns, Christie Burne, Kristy Burns…you name it!)