Cristy Burne

Author, editor, science writer

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Great big event for young readers!

What are you planning for Saturday 24?

Come join the party at the State Library of WA as children’s writers and illustrators from across WA combine their powers to launch five new books into the imaginations of kids everywhere…

As Louisa Wales (thanks Lou for the great story!) describes in the above, my own new book is one of the five being celebrated next week (YAY! YAY! YAY!).

It’s called To The Lighthouse and it’s a story based on my kids’ real friendships and our own family experiences on Rotto…

To The Lighthouse¬†is about the excitement that comes with horizons opening up as independence grows. It’s a story about two kids striking out on an adventure on Rottnest, and discovering that it’s ok to fail, to take risks and stuff up – the world won’t end.

I wonder if you can read the book and work out which bits come from actual experience… You might be surprised ūüėČ

What: The Great Big Kid’s Book Read

Come say HI to me and the other amazing creators: Moira Court, Deb Fitzpatrick, Kyle Hughes-Odgers, Sally Murphy, and debut author Yasmin Hamid.


3 pm to 5 pm
Saturday 24 June 2017


State Library of Western Australia Theatre
25 Francis Street, Perth

Cost: Free!

Head here to reserve your free tickets. See you there!


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Launch 6 books in 1 at the Great Big Kids Book Read for Fremantle Press



Want a fun, free afternoon? Help celebrate the launch of sixnew children’s books at the….

Fremantle Press Great Big Kids Book Read!

featuring new kids books by Cristy Burne, Moira Court, Deb Fitzpatrick,
Kyle Hughes-Odgers, Ezekiel Kwaymullina, Sally Murphy and debut author Yasmin Hamid.

Bring your kids to the State Library and enjoy an afternoon of fun and creativity as we feature the newest Fremantle Press children’s books for 2017.

Don’t miss the chance to celebrate our unique local books and the people behind them.




3 pm to 5 pm
Saturday 24 June 2017


State Library of Western Australia Theatre
25 Francis Street, Perth

Cost: Free!

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HeARTlines public open day: it’s (mostly) free and fabulous family-friendly fun!

Come on down to the Midland Junction Arts Centre for a day of inspiration, creativity and family-friendly fun. Most of the events are free, including the amazing exhibition, and there’s also workshops you can sign up for or walk in to.

Saturday, June 17, 2017
10:00am 3:00pm
Midland Junction Arts Centre276 Great Eastern HighwayMidland

The West heARTlines
Be part of it…Act, Belong, Commit. Hang out with your kids, read books, make stuff, admire artwork, make artwork, eat food, be merry… And knowing Perth, the sun will be shining and the sky blue. It’s going to be a great day ūüôā



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How to build a time machine

To celebrate the launch of The Cosmic Adventures of Alice and Bob, I recently worked with the amazing book club kids at the Amherst Village Library to design and build some incredible time machines.


Of course, constructing time machines is a¬†top secret process, so I’ve only included the ‘before’ shots. And a couple of¬†biographies of the creators (all encrypted, of course). And some blueprints I managed to smuggle out.

We had a load of fun, with huge thanks to Shannon for the incredible musical entertainment!

And¬†a warning: do try this at home! Or at a creative workshop near you… You’re bound to create something amazing.

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Act-Belong-Commit: Come see the heARTlines exhibition

View the festival programThe 2017 heARTlines festival is go!

We had an amazing launch on Friday night, with a dynamic speech from Meg McKinlay and brilliant entertainment from WAAPA musicians performing the¬†musical soundtrack to The Butterfly’s Ball, and the Grasshopper’s Feast, an 1802 poem by William Roscoe.

So what are you waiting for?

Come on down to the Midland Junction Arts Centre to see incredible original work from WA’s amazing creators of children’s books, including¬†Moira Court, Fran√© Lessac, Matt Ottley, Kyle Hughes-Odgers, Kylie Howarth, Terry Denton, Aska,¬†James Foley, Gabriel Evans, Briony Stewart, Frances Maber and Brian Simmonds.


And of course, our great open day on Sat 17 June. You can book a spot now for you and/or your kids in a creative hands-on workshop, or simply rock up on the day to participate in free, no-bookings-required activities, buy artwork and books, admire the exhibition, and be part of a great day.

See you there!

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101% Thank you! AMAZING!!

We did it! We saved Crinkling News!!!

It has been quite a rollercoaster fortnight, I’ve bitten off all my nails, cried some tears and lost a fair bit of sleep.

But I feel we have snatched hope and inspiration from the jaws of the machine.

More than 1500 people donated or subscribed to keep this children’s newspaper printing: we’ve even had kids¬†sending in their pocket money, or running cake stalls¬†and school fundraisers. AMAZING!!!

Crinkling News is about empowering children. It’s about giving kids the opportunity to be informed about what’s going on in the world. It’s about letting kids¬†know that their efforts and ideas can make a difference, and help make the world a better place.

And this morning, I feel the world is a better place. THANK YOU AGAIN for your contributions, for helping to spread the word, for believing in the need to give kids a great newspaper to read, create and learn from.

You can still contribute or subscribe here:

Subscriptions arrive in your letterbox (or your kids’ letterbox :-)) once a week, in full colour and bursting with optimism and real news.

Happy reading!



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Can you help save Crinkling News? Creativity, inspiration, and a newspaper just for kids


Crinkling News is¬†the best! It’s also closing down…

…unless we save it.

I’ve been writing for Australia’s national newspaper for children for many months now. I’m SO SO proud of it.

Editor Saffron Howden is trying to raise $200,000¬†to keep the paper going. There’s $150,000 left to raise, and just over a week¬†to do it.

This is why we should Save Crinkling News:

  • Kids deserve to have their own newspaper. One with all the news explained so kids feel empowered, not frightened.
  • Kids deserve to feel as if¬†the world is a good place, filled with inspiring people who are working to make it better.
  • Kids deserve to believe that they can be one of those inspiring people, making a difference with what they do each day, and the way they choose to live their lives.

Here’s why you should donate to help Save Crinkling News:CrinklingJnrEditor.jpg

  • Your donation is only collected if the total is raised and the paper continues to print.
  • Your donation can come with¬†a subscription–for your school, for your children, for adults who prefer a newspaper that leaves them warm and buzzing–and all subscriptions or partial subscriptions will be refunded if the paper doesn’t continue.
  • You can be one of those inspiring people who makes a difference.
  • You can donate your spare change, or splash out with $3000 to get a framed front cover ūüôā
  • Crinkling News is just what we need….all of us, not just our kids.

Below is a letter from Saffron, asking for our help to keep the paper going…
I really hope we can.

Thanks for your help, shares and support! xx Cristy

Crinkling News

Letter from Saffron Howden, editor of Crinkling News:

To our loyal subscribers and supporters,

For the past year we have worked incredibly hard to bring the only national newspaper for kids to your homes and schools around the country.

Pursuing a vision for something greater than yourself is not easy and our small team has invested everything we have. Now we need your support.

We have come a long way in 12 months and more children are reading Crinkling News every day.

But the biggest and most successful organisations need time to build before they become sustainable – even Facebook took five years to turn a profit.

While we have sought funding and investment throughout the life of the paper, we have focussed our energy on producing the paper that so many now love – but so many others are only just finding out about.

So now we need your help to secure the future of Crinkling News.

Donate to help Save Crinkling News

We have launched a crowd-funding campaign. Crowd-funding is about communities coming together to support something they believe in.

I am asking you to believe in Crinkling News.

Within the next four days, we are asking for $200,000 to invest in business development and expertise or the last issue of this newspaper will be published this week.

400 people have already kicked in over $52,000. But if we don’t raise the full amount by Thursday, we get nothing and the donations will not be taken.

Please note that should the campaign be unsuccessful, all subscribers will be refunded the balance of their subscriptions.

Donate to help Save Crinkling News

Why you should help

  • Crinkling News is a newspaper and a vision. It’s a vision for engaging our kids in the world around them, for inspiring them to read and learn and think critically, and it’s a vision to give them a voice in the national conversation.
  • So many kids love Crinkling News. They’ve started newspaper clubs, dabbled in journalism, and been given the courage to share their views with the world – all because of this newspaper.

What to do

Thank you so much to those of you who have donated already. And thank you to all who have supported the paper in so many different ways over the past year.

Most importantly, thank to our wonderful readers who have shared the journey with us so far.


Saffron Howden

PS. One of our passionate readers, Maeve from NSW, sent in this inspiring video when she heard Crinkling News needed help to keep going. Watch, then donate and share at: