Cristy Burne

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Meet the authors: IBBY fundraiser for Japan Bibliotherapy Appeal

Kumiko-trilogy Briony Stewart

The Kumiko and the Dragon books, by Briony Stewart, are magical and charming and recommended for readers aged 7+. Meet Briony at this fundraiser and pick her brain for writing tips!

Writing tips, cultural gems and more…

Ever thought you could write a book, but don’t know where to start or how to get published?

If so, come along to the Hyogo Prefectural Government Cultural Centre‘s Meet the Authors workshop and learn the tricks of the trade from Briony Stewart and myself…

Proceeds to Japan Bibliotheraphy Appeal

All proceeds will go to help fund a fleet of minivans for the International Board on Books for Young People Japan Bibliotherapy Appeal. These vans deliver books to children affected by the earthquake and tsunami for a much needed therapy program.

Plus Japanese cultural presentations

Even better, Meet the Authors will be preceded by a Japanese cultural presentation at 3pm by two visiting university interns from Hyogo Prefecture. The workshop fee includes all sessions and I can totally recommend them: they’re fun and interesting and if you love Japan, you’ll feel right at home.

Saturday 24 September
Hyogo Cultural Centre
$20 per person

Be sure to reserve your place by calling (08) 9385 9002 or emailing

Meet-the-authors Japan fundraiserDownload the flyer here


Perth Writers Festival and Writing WA: celebrating West Australian writers and illustrators

Authors Shirley-Marr Cristy-Burne Deb-Fitzpatrick

I meet the awesome Deb Fitzpatrick and Shirley Marr on the night (thanks to Shirley for the photo!)

Celebrating WA writers

The Perth Writers Festival pre-launch kicked off last night with the launch of the Natural Selection MMXI Art Exhibition, an awesome collection of 48 Western Australian writers and their most recent publications, put together by WritingWA and WA’s Literary Lions (thanks!).

And guess what? I was one of those authors…what a buzz. I hadn’t realised that was going to happen, so it was a lovely (strange?)  surprise to see larger-than-life myself staring back at myself.

Name-dropping authors!

There were heaps of great authors there and I can’t name them all (you’ll have to see the exhibition!) but the photo above was taken by Shirley Marr’s hubby (who I went to high school with!) and is of me with Deb Fitzpatrick (author of 90 Packets of Instant Noodles) and Shirley (author of Fury).

At the end of the night, when all the wine and nibblies had been hauled away, I was still there, chatting madly with brilliant childrens authors Meg McKinlay, Dianne Wolfer and Briony Stewart (who is appearing at the Perth Writers Festival Family Day right before my session).

Catch the exhibition or see us in the flesh 🙂

You can see the exhibition on the UWA campus – in the forecourt between the Octagon and Dolphin Theatres – from 4-7 March.

If you want to see these great authors in person, come along to the  Children Book Council’s A Night With Our Stars next week…

Till then, I’m off to the festival! Yee ha!