Cristy Burne – AUTHOR

"A rollicking ride for both the main characters and the reader… I was captured from the beginning to the end." ReadPlus

About me

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Hello! How exciting that you’re here.

For non-official rambling-facts-type information, scroll down.

Otherwise, here’s my short bio:

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 story, 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 is an inspiring presenter entirely unknown for her skills in the kitchen. She loves chocolate. And she’s always working on her next book.

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 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 published magazine article was about the science of ear wax. You can read it here.

– 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.

Mega-super-duper-way-short bio


31 thoughts on “About me

  1. I’ve nominated your blog for Liebster award. If you’d like to participate I have a list of questions on this page, but if not, please just take this as a compliment!


  2. Hi. I’m Kirsten, I saw you at canning bridge library for apple cross primary school in perth…


  3. i love your books uspesherly takeshita demons


  4. Hi Cristy!

    I just found out about you. I haven’t read any of your books yet, but they sound really fun! I am a former JET as well, and I have kaidan-themed blog.

    I look forward to checking out your books!

    Zack Davisson

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    • Hi Zack,
      Yep…I know (and subscribe to) your blog! Some very spooky stories are told there!! I didn’t know you were a JET though…
      I spent this morning scaring some Year 5/6 students with some of Japan’s yokai and legends and they came away pretty excited. It’s such a rich subject area. I keep learning more and more and loving every story!
      I hope you enjoy the books….


  5. Thanks Takis!

    The Kwaidan exhibition looks amazing:

    If any of you lovely blog readers are in Japan and interested in the man who first translated so many of Japan’s spooky ghost stories, you will love to check this exhibition out:


  6. Hi,

    Please send me your email.
    I will like to send you the press release for Kwaidan exhibition


  7. Hey Caz! Great to see you too, and your blog is terrific. I just discovered your post on Gordon Korman’s presentation: I love his stuff! (The link is here:


  8. I’m excited to think that a ‘Filth Licker’ could possibly come to my home and lick my bathroom clean 😀 YEH! Look forward to reading. Great hearing you talk at ANWOS last night.

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  9. Hey Kate!
    That’s great to hear…I’m pretty excited by The Filth Licker coming out next year…I think it’s even more exciting than Takeshita Demons 🙂 And I love the Filth Licker 🙂
    I’m so glad you enjoyed Takeshita Demons! Thanks for letting me know 🙂 🙂


  10. hello, you dont know me but i am a really big fan of ur book Takeshita Demons. I got it from the program Booked Up. Its just brilliant. I finished it all in just one day. I cant wait until your next book comes out.

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  11. Hey Jose!
    Great to hear from you! How’s New Orleans? And what’s sequential art? Let us know if you’re ever down Australia way! And spread the Takeshita Demons word: I’ll see if I can swing a book tour to the US 🙂


  12. Hey Cristy,

    Jose here from New Orleans via Saga ken. Congrats on your success. Used to work at a children’s book store in New York in 2004. Would’ve been fun if you had some stuff out then to do a signing. Working on some projects myself but mostly in sequential art. Writing is definitely the funner part of the job ne!



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  13. Hey Troy! Great to hear from you 🙂 Hugs to you and yours! Will be in touch 🙂


  14. hey Chriss hope this finds you and yours well awsome stuff on the books mate allways knew you had them in you. drop me a line and we will have a proper catch up
    talk soon

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  15. YAY! Thanks everyone for your comments 🙂
    Sam: Reading books is the biggest inspiration for writing books: I love being in another world and it’s very cool to think about making your own world.
    Fahima: Yes! Secret books x3 are in my bottom drawer, but at least one of them will never get published (I used ideas from bits of it to write The Filth Licker)
    Happy reading!! (What are you reading now?)


  16. i love your books and im a MASSIVE FAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  17. Hiya im a big fan of ur books !!!

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  18. hiya i love your books dere ssssssssoooooooooooooooo interesting do u have any secret books at the bottom of your drawer


  19. Hi Can You tell me what started making you think about writing books or what inspired you? 😀


  20. Well hello there!!

    Thank you for your kind words. Sorry for the delay I am actually on mat leave from CSIRO. I have 6 month old little girl. these days. I see you are also in the family way 😉 Great blog by the way.

    I will send a proper update later….in the meantime really nice to hear from you. Can you please send me your email address?



  21. Doumo arigatou gozaimasu Yuichi-san!
    Great to hear from you again…and thanks for your support! It’s amazing the places the JET programme has taken me…this is another on the long list! Thanks for all your efforts!


  22. Omedetou-gozaimasu ! Christy-san.

    Yuichi @ JET Programme Coordinator in WA


  23. Thanks Kim and Megan! (and to Nick for spreading the word :-))…It’s crazy (but fun) to be birthing a child at the same time as a book…one thing I’ve wanted for a long time and the other just kind of crept up on me.
    And however hard it seems to try and get a book published, I think having a baby will be a whole lot easier! I look forward to your advice Megan!
    Mata ne!


  24. Hi Cristy,

    Congratulations on your book, I look forward to buying it for my kids. Wow! We got an email from our local JETAA President, Nick John.

    Congratulations for your family news also. Its great that the book has been signed up, hopefully you can rest and enjoy.

    Kind regards,

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  25. Hey Cristy, hisashiburi!!
    Just got an e-mail from the Jet alumni about your recent success with your book. Big congrats for that, and it seems to not be the only thing that congrats are called for 😀
    Hope I get a chance to read the book once published!
    And I just had a quick look at your blog, noticed your comment about Under The Mountain by Maurice Gee being a fave of yours as a kid. Not sure I read that one, but his Half Men of O was my fave as a kid. Nice!
    mata ne!

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