Cristy Burne

Author, editor, science writer

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Merge with me!

This Saturday is Merge Festival at the City of Melville!

There’ll be pop up venues, non-stop entertainment (including me!?), food trucks galore, boutique market stalls, amazing authors (including children’s authors James Foley, Deb Fitzpatrick, Gabriel Evans, Chris Nixon and Brendan Ritchie!!!), fantastic activities for all ages, free dance lessons and so much more!

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Thank you Ubud!

I’m back from Ubud! It was AMAZING! I feel so lucky to have been part of this year’s Ubud Readers and Writers Festival

I have met so many fabulous and talented people, been so inspired, challenged and stimulated, and been so well looked after.

Thank you to the gorgeous team at KanoSari Ubud for putting me up in the most fabulous surrounds, to WritingWA for getting me over there, to my fellow presenters and moderators for inspiring me and teaching me, to the readers for coming along (and inventing a people-phobic-peacock), and to the entire festival team for creating such a beautiful thing.

Now to get to work: I have a long, long list of Things I Want To Do 🙂

PS: I also met my November 1 manuscript deadline, which I’ve been working towards since signing with XOUM in March. Yeeee ha!


Want a fun family day this weekend? Head to the South Beach Community Garage Sale

This Saturday grab the family and head to Barrow Park for a day of sun, fun, sand and treasure-hunting. Held by the awesome South Beach Community Group, the Garage Sale will be MASSIVE, with coffee, food vans, free face painting and entertainment (that’s me!), plus the City of Cockburn’s Sustainability Trailer with plenty of info about reusing, reducing and recycling.

Join the Garage Sale Trail

This year’s sale is on Saturday 21 October, from 9am to 2pm.

Join us at Barrow Park and:

  • Part with the old and unwanted items in your house
  • Clear out your storage and garage and make room for life (and your cars)
  • Encourage reuse and make some pocket money

Sell your goodies, bric-a-brac and oddities by registering your stall for free (no commercial vendors please).

Not enough stuff to warrant a stall? The South Beach Community Group stall are accepting donations for their stall.

Hope to catch you there!
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Buzz Week and Merge Festival

Don’t you just love spring! Everything feels fresh, there’s loads to do, the sky is blue…

If you want to get out and about there are two fab family festival events on the way:


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Check out the Buzz Week Nov 2017 Program, or just grab a coffee and book your kids a spot at my Friday November 10 workshop:

Cristy Burne’s creative writing and invention workshop for kids
Friday 10 November, 4pm – 5.30pm
For six to 10 year olds   $3 non-refundable
Refreshments served from 4pm
Switch on your imagination for this funny and interactive workshop with children’s author and science writer Cristy Burne. Write, draw and invent. All materials provided.

Bookings are essential through the Town’s online event calendar Call 9373 5500 or email



Merge Festival has SO MUCH on for lovers of music, art, food, literature and general good times. Check out the full lineup here or book your kids a spot (and book your book) for a conversation with myself and James Foley about dung, quokkas and island adventure:

ON THE COUCH – Conversations with Authors (Children)
Civic Centre Reception, 2pm
This session will focus on Children’s Literature, and is guaranteed to be entertaining and insightful. Book signings available. Limited places. Bookings required which includes a copy of your chosen book.
Authors: James Foley(Dungzilla) & Cristy Burne (To the Lighthouse)


Hope to see you there!

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-3, -2, -1…blast-on: Kid-style launch for ‘To the Lighthouse’

To the Lighthouse has been available since May 29, but then it sold out, so we had to reprint, which took forever, until finally, at last, I’m stoked to announce that… drum roll…

We once again have copies!!!!

The crowd goes wild!! (Actually, that’s just me…I’m typing this all alone, except for my dog :-)) 

To the Lighthouse Rottnest bike

Wanna help me celebrate?

Ask your parents to grab you some tickets for an awesome nearly-hour of fun, celebrating the kid-style launch of To the Lighthouse, an adventure that could happen to you.

There’ll be a ferocious quokka oven mitt, some incredibly scary chip packets, and we’ll make some important (and not-so-sensible) decisions, like ‘would you rather eat twenty donuts in a minute, or have no donuts for a week?’

And I’ll share a sneak peek of a To the Lighthouse follow-up that I’m working on right now.

(Actually, I kinda sorta probably need some help with that bit, so bring your thinking caps, please!).

To the Lighthouse bike carrier.jpgWHEN: Thursday October 5
TIME: 3pm (50 minutes long)
WHERE: The Story Place, mezzanine floor, State Library of WA, Perth.
COST: $15.50 general admission + one copy of To the Lighthouse. $25.50 family of four + one copy of To the Lighthouse. $5.50 general admission (Inclusive of all fees and charges).
BOOKINGS: Essential. Book your tickets online (click the yellow BOOK NOW button, top-right) or call 9328 9666, or email

Isaac arrives on Rottnest Island hoping for an awesome holiday adventure, but
his mum would rather he stayed inside, where it’s safe. Then Isaac meets
Emmy. She’s allowed to do whatever she wants – and she wants to have fun!
With Emmy daring him on, Isaac’s life gets more and more exciting. But when
things go horribly wrong on their secret midnight adventure, they both wonder
whether this time they’ve gone too far…

Hope to see you there!

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RedGum book club and Young Writers Award… and To the Lighthouse!

RedGum register your schoolIf you think your school might like $250 of new books, check out RedGum book club.

They’re Australian, they promote Aussie books, and your school gets $250 of new books when signing up to receive their catalogue.

RedGum specialAnd guess what’s in the most recent RedGum catalogue?

Loads of fab books, including The 91-Storey Treehouse, The Spectacular Spencer Gray, the beautiful Swimming on the Lawn by debut author Yasmin Hamid, and…To the Lighthouse. YAY!

So check it out, grab some bargains, and support Australian authors 🙂

RedGum Young Writers Award!!!!!!!!

While you’re cruising the RedGum offerings, if you’re aged 9 to 13, why not enter the RedGum Young Writers Award.

You can write a picture book or short story, it’s free to enter, and you can win a $250 book club voucher.

Heaps of authors and illustrators (including me!) get their start by entering competitions like this. You might win. You might miss out. But either way, you’re creating something awesome.

Get to it…

Entries close Sunday 11 December 2017

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Eek! It’s Children’s Book Week!

It’s that time of year again already! National Science Week and Children’s Book Week tag-team across August, making it a seriously crazy-fun month every year.

In 2017 I’ve been zooming all over Perth, meeting loads of clever kids and passionate teachers and librarians. I’ve been eating fabulously healthy food (thank you Aniek!!), and spreading the word of healthy eating too (thanks to Healthway for being the major sponsor of Children’s Book Week – eat platefuls of yummy fruits and vegies, book peeps!)

It was so terrific to see so many people dressed up as their favourite book character!

How cool is this Emmy costume from talented To The Lighthouse illustrator Amanda Burnett:

Hope you all had a fantastic National Science Week and Children’s Book Week!

And don’t forget, if you want even more To The Lighthouse fun, come join us for a mega-fun book launch on October 5 at Awesome Festival in Perth.

Hope to see you there!