Cristy Burne

Author, editor, science writer

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Happy International Lighthouse Day!


To the Lighthouse, and the lighthouse keeper!

August 7 is International Lighthouse Day. 

What will you do to celebrate? Maybe cozy up with a Western Australian book adventure!

For a taste of life as a lighthouse keeper’s kid, check out the gorgeous Lighthouse Girl by Dianne Wolfer. It’s based on a real life story of Faye Howe on Breaksea Island in 1915, and it makes me cry every time I read it. (I can’t think of this book without remembering the Giants’ visit to Perth in 2015, and the serenely beautiful Girl Giant kicking up her heels for a dance.)

To visit Broome on a stormy night, check out the funny and re-released-by-popular-demand The Grumpy Lighthouse Keeper by Yawuru author Terrizita Corpus. This book draws inspiration from the Gantheaume Point lighthouse, built in 1905. (I love this spot! We scrambled down to the rocks and hunt for fossilised dinosaur footprints…loads of fun!)

And of course, for a daring adventure on Rottnest Island, grab a copy of To the Lighthouse, by me :-).

If you itch for even more adventure (or the ultimate writer’s retreat), pop your application in the mail and you (and a compulsory friend) could be spending six months as a lighthouse keeper on Tasmania’s Maatsuyker Island. Go on… I dare you!~


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Creative workshop, and another TTL competition: Design your own holiday adventure!

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Do you (or your kids) like toys, books and really cute quokkas? Then come on down to Perth’s Most Awesome Toy Shop Ever: Toys in the Park.

The walls are lined with the most unique and clever toys ever, and you’ll also have the chance to sign up for a Really Cool Creative Workshop and try your hand at a Super Fun School Holiday Competition.

Competition details:to-the-lighthouse-cover-small Complete an activity sheet to create your own island adventure, bring it in to the Toys in the Park store to be displayed in the shop window, and you’ll go in to the prize draw.

Prizes (winners selected at random):
1st prize – a ticket to the creative writing workshop (super-fun! details below)
2nd and 3rd – a fluffy, plush quokka toy (super-cute!)

Buy a copy of To the Lighthouse when you enter, you’ll get an extra entry into the draw!

Entries open Monday, 3 July.
Enter before 3pm Sunday, 16 July.

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Recognise this staircase, anyone?

Creative Writing and Design Workshop
Come into Toys in the Park and sign up for a one-hour interactive workshop with ME!

We’re going to have loads of fun creating our own island adventures, with some drawing, writing and dreaming up crazy ideas.

Saturday, 22 July 2017
For 6 to 10 year olds
2.00 – 3.00pm
Cost $20, which includes all materials and a copy of To the Lighthouse. (I can sign it for you, or for a lucky friend who’s having a birthday sometime soon)

Workshop places are limited (and so are copies of the book! It’s selling out all over so we’re having to reprint it already!)
Book your workshop spot in-store, or over the phone.
Toys in the Park, 403a Albany Highway, Victoria Park
(08) 9470 3981

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Quick! Win a family pass to Rottnest!

lighthouse.jpg-290x290.pngGrab a copy of The West Australian ED! Magazine today!

In the mag is details of how to win a trip to Rottnest Island for two adults and two children, and a signed copy of To the Lighthouse.

Here’s how you do it:
You’ll need to grab the mag for the fine print, but basically you need to email your name, age, address and phone number to with TO THE LIGHTHOUSE in the subject line.

The winner will be drawn Monday, just in time for the school holidays…

Yeeee ha!~ Rotto, here (someone) comes!!

Thanks to Rottnest Express, Fremantle Press and The West Australian

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Island adventurers: We have liftoff!

To The Lighthouse is go! Thanks to everyone who helped make Saturday’s Great Big Kids Book Read such a lovely celebration. Thanks for being part of the adventure…I’m so grateful for your support!!


Congrats to all my ‘hotbed of talent’ pals, Ezekiel Kwaymullina, Moira Court, Kyle Hughes-Odgers, Sally Murphy (not pictured), Yasmin Hamid (not pictured) and Deb Fitzpatrick, and to Fremantle Press on these fab new stories!

Thanks also to all members of my guerilla marketing team (you know who you are!) for sending in photos of To The Lighthouse in the wild…
High-fives to you all! (And not-yet members of my guerilla marketing team, please send through your shots – I love them!)

Crow Books

To Crow Books in Vic Park!

Dymocks Perth City

To Dymocks in the City!


To the library!


To the Mill Point Caffe Book Shop in South Perth!

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To the Rottnest Bakery! (I don’t think they sell the book, but they do have great donuts :-))

Copies are landing in local libraries, school libraries and book stores everywhere. If your local bookstore has run out of copies, ask them to please order more in. 🙂

High fives!


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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 😉

What: The Great Big Kid’s Book Read

Come say HI to me and the other amazing creators: Moira CourtDeb Fitzpatrick, Kyle Hughes-OdgersSally 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

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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 🙂