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Otherwise, here’s my short bio:
Children’s author and science writer Cristy Burne is passionate about empowering our next generation of creative, science-savvy citizens.
Cristy has worked as a science communicator for 20 years across seven countries. She has performed in a science circus, worked as a garbage analyst, and was a reporter at CERN when they turned on the Large Hadron Collider.
Cristy works at the intersection of science, technology and creativity. Her latest books include Beneath the Trees, Aussie STEM Stars: Fiona Wood and Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows, co-written with Denis Knight.
Cristy has degrees in biotechnology and science communication. She loves to inspire daring, resilience and innovative thinking in her readers. She also loves chocolate.
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). I was working at CERN when they turned on the atom-smashing Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
– I once spent four days traveling the Gobi Desert with two camels and a guide who spoke no English. I’ve also slept out (alone) on the Great Wall of China, travelled the Southern Silk Road in an ancient 4WD with no spare tire, and most recently paddled for five days down the Whanganui River with my husband and two kids.
– I’m a past editor of CSIRO’s Scientriffic magazine, I’ve performed with the Shell Questacon Science Circus and I’ve worked as a science communicator in Japan, Switzerland, the UK, US, South Africa, Australia and beyond.
– 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.
– 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!)
– I aim to use my writing and literacy workshops and school visits 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 have taught Writing for Children and Communicating With Asia For Engineers at Curtin University, but never at the same time.
– I grew up on a kiwifruit orchard in New Zealand and spent my childhood climbing trees, jumping drains, herding cows and inventing stories.
– I volunteered for six years with SCBWI Australia West, including three years as Assistant Regional Advisor. I’ve also worked as Curator of WA’s biennial HeARTlines Children’s Literature and Book Illustration Festival from 2013 – 2018.
– I love dark chocolate, hiking, energetic people, dogs, bicycles, opportunities and good luck.
– I dislike queues, banks, cats, and having cold feet.