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(If you don’t have time to relax, download my literary CV)
– I’m a science writer and children’s author. I’m also a past editor of CSIRO’s Scientriffic, I’ve performed with the Shell Questacon Science Circus and I’m passionate about sharing my love for science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAMy!)
– I aim to use my writing and writing workshops to capture young readers’ attention and direct them towards the magic, wonder and creativity of science and technology. I think we all need to learn to think critically and creatively, to solve problems in new and innovative ways. Writing science and fiction (and combining the two) is a great way to teach these skills.
– I’ve worked as a science communicator in Japan, Switzerland, the UK, US, South Africa, Australia and beyond.
– My latest books are To The Lighthouse (2017), Off The Track (2018) and Zeroes and Ones: The Geeks, Heroes and Hackers Who Changed History (2018).
– 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). I was working at CERN when they turned on the atom-smashing Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
– 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. It 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 also work as a science journalist and feature writer, and for this work 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.
– I work as a freelance editor and writer of magazine features, popular science and children’s books.
– You can follow me on Twitter, or on Facebook, or Instagram, 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!)
Cristy Burne grew up climbing trees, jumping drains, chasing runaway cows and inventing stories. She has a passion for STEM and STEAM, loves learning through doing, and aims to inspire creativity, daring and resilience in her readers.
Cristy Burne is a past editor of CSIRO’s Scientriffic magazine for kids, was 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. She still writes for…loads of places 🙂
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 is To The Lighthouse, out with Fremantle Press in 2017. Off The Track and Zeroes and Ones are published in 2018. Visit www.cristyburne.com for more information.
Cristy Burne is a science writer and children’s author passionate about switching kids on to the wonder and creativity of STEM and STEAM.
She’s the author of outdoor adventures To the Lighthouse and Off the Track. Her nonfiction debut is Zeroes and Ones: The geeks, heroes and hackers who changed history. Cristy has worked as a science communicator in Japan, Switzerland, the UK, US, South Africa, Australia and beyond.
Visit www.cristyburne.com for more information.