Cristy Burne

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Free Halloween fun for ages 8 to 12

FREE HALLOWEEN EVENT: Friday 28 October 2016 from 6pm to 7.30pm

Come along to the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre in Rockingham to join me for a spine-chilling evening of spooky stories… if you dare!

I’ll first weave a terrifying tale, and then you can get creative and craft your own.

This free event is suitable for children 8 to 12 years.

Registrations are essential. Call 08 9591 0800 or email to book your place.


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Mulled wine, nibbles and a duel in the Perth Hills…come join us!

dualling-illustrators-heartlines-festivalWhat are you doing on Sunday 21 June?

Want to take a drive through the gorgeous Perth Hills?
Want to sip some mulled wine and talk about books and illustration?
Want to slip behind the scenes of book publishing in Australia and overseas?
Want to watch two of Perth’s best and funniest illustrators go head-to-head in an impromptu illustrator’s duel?

I do!

So book your $5 ticket and pack your bags!

We’re hosting a Meet the Maker’s session at this year’s HeARTlines festival of children’s illustration and writing, and it’s going to be fab! It runs from 1 to 2.30pm on June 21 and features some of Perth’s most distinguished authors and illustrators, including the award-winning James Foley, renowned illustrator Frané Lessac, historical narrative author Mark Greenwood and Young Adult author Amanda (AJ) Betts to share with you the how, why and what of their passion for children’s literature.

There’s more on the public program of workshops here, or you can check out Meet the Maker details below:

Heartlines-festival-event4MEET THE MAKERS

Sunday 21 June, 1 – 2.30pm

16 years + Adults

At the Mundaring Arts Centre – Gallery 2

$5 non-members or $4.50 MAC/ Katharine Susannah Prichard Writer’s Centre members

Afternoon tea provided

Maximum participants 35

Join the heARTlines curator Cristy Burne and some of the festival’s artists and authors, as they discuss and demonstrate their passion for literature. For this session, you will meet renowned illustrators, James Foley and Frané Lessac and authors, Mark Greenwood, Cristy Burne and Amanda (AJ) Betts as they share their knowledge, stories and inspirations.

The session will conclude with an illustrator duel… be prepared with some exciting adjectives and see what happens next! Then relax over a lovely warm, mulled wine and nibbles and a bit of informal mingling with the session’s presenters.

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Dreadful writing, bloodcurdling thrillers, fun and games

Riverton-Library-School-HolidaysTerm 3 is nearly over!

It’s time to celebrate, so come on down to the Riverton Library on Thursday 9 October to talk dreadful writing and spooky stories.

We’re aiming to have loads of fun, including a bit of theatre, some games and some writing.

This will be a fab morning and it’s totally recommended if you or your 8-years-plus beloved want to have some fun.

You can also check out Clare Stace’s delightfully dramatic storytelling (2 October) and Sanny Ang’s awesome storygami (7 October).

All events are FREE but bookings are essential, so pick up that phone: 9231 0944



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Asian Festival of Children’s Content: giant moths, awesome authors and fear of spouses


IMG_3457The 2014 Asian Festival of Children’s Content is in full swing, and I’m loving it.

(So is my head.)

I’m loving the torrential rain and giant moths and spicy food, the old friends and new friends, the fever of book-loving and humidity and passion for children’s literature and words. No wonder I love Singapore!

Today Mahtab Narsimhan and I presented a packed session on telling scary stories… Mahtab lives in Canada, so with the 12-hour difference, our 4pm session was the equivalent of a 4am session for her, and after an all-nighter too. How’s that for a scary story! 🙂

Luckily, thanks to our cunning Skype planning sessions and natural wit and charm, the session was terrific. Lots of interesting questions and willing volunteers. Lots of secret phobias and unusual ones too (fear of spouses!?!). I’m looking forward to tomorrows sessions even more now! Whee!

Thanks so much to WritingWA for the chance to be here, and to the Singapore Book Council for organising.


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Children’s Book Week 2013…”Now I know how to kill monsters”

Children’s Book Week is nearly over for 2013…I’m having a ball, visiting schools and libraries almost every day this month! Phew!

It makes it so much fun when the kids I’m talking to have such great imaginations, and the libraries they visit are so amazingly decorated, and their teachers play along with my jokes  (thanks!)…YAY!

And, check out the lovely fan mail: “Now I know how to kill monsters”

….and isn’t that what reading is all about!

Three cheers for Children’s Book Week!

Come see my head! Children’s Book Week 2013 at Riverton Library

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Come see my head!READ AROUND THE WORLD and celebrate Children’s Book Week 2013 with a free event at Riverton Library!

MONDAY 19 AUGUST: 4-5.15
6-12 year olds
A drawing workshop with talented illustrator Gabriel Evans (check out this guy’s work!)

7-10 year olds
Meet author Chris Owen and find out what makes a real superhero!

4 years+
Zoom, zoom, zoom with starry storyteller Clare Stace on an imaginary space adventure!

8 years+
ME! Come along, meet my head, hear some spooky stories about monsters of the world and ask a bazillion questions about writing, getting your books published, and finding ideas in the strangest places.

I’d love to see you there!

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Children’s book week: We love you Geraldton!

ImageI had the *BEST* time in Geraldton this week…

I was up there as a guest of the Geraldton City Library, and I feel so lucky to have been part of the Children’s Book Week celebrations. Everyone was SO welcoming and friendly (and energetic! They regularly attract more than 40 kids to RhymeTime!!).

[And newsflash: If you want a great seaside holiday combined with a terrific writing festival, book a weekend at Geraldton Library’s action-packed Big Sky 2013: it’s going to be great!!]

My visit was super-busy but very smooth: Thanks to the team of librarians for driving me here, there and everywhere, to the teachers for reading my books to their classes, to the school librarians for their gorgeous welcome displays, and to all the entire classrooms of kids for their great questions and great ideas. I came away Very Impressed Indeed!

As part of the week I also spoke on a panel at Nagle Catholic College‘s annualImage Girls’ Afternoon Tea, where I shared the couch with a Nagle student, a Nagle mum and two fresh, funny Nagle English teachers.

The afternoon was DELICIOUS and I had lots of fun. There was lots of audience participation, with students sharing their favourite books, their booky questions and their booky experiences. What a great idea! Well done everyone who participated!

Heads at John Willcock collegeI was also lucky enough to be able to speak at the Randolph Stow Young Writers Awards, which received more than 600 entries this year! Well done everyone!

It was so exciting to see all the nervous young writers accept their prizes (YAY!), and then to see them afterwards, when the pressure was off and the nerves were gone. I really thought some of them might fly out the door, they were so happy (and rightly so!) Great work everyone who entered and keep up the good work! Keep entering competitions!!

I also have to mention the terrific job that John Willcock College did in hosting the award ceremony for this year’s Randolph Stow Young Writer’s Awards. Their staff and student council were extremely welcoming and professional, with students doing a brilliant job of reading some of the winning entries. Thanks to everyone who helps to sponsor the awards: it’s thanks to opportunities like this that young writers, speakers and actors get a chance to shine.