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Speaker Profile - Cristy Burne

Other and Writer

Region: Australia West
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
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Cristy Burne grew up climbing trees, jumping drains, chasing runaway cows and inventing stories. She has a passion for learning through doing and loves to inspire creativity, daring and resilience in her readers.

Cristy is a children’s author and science writer with degrees in biotechnology and science communication. She has also worked as a science circus performer, garbage analyst, Santa’s pixie, and atom-smashing reporter.

Cristy's latest books are Off The Track, scheduled for 2018 by Fremantle Press, and a nonfiction title scheduled for 2018 with XOUM Publishing.

Recent titles include The Cosmic Adventure of Alice and Bob, illustrated by the amazing Aska, and To The Lighthouse, a middle grade adventure published by Fremantle Press and set on Rottnest Island.

Cristy’s Takeshita Demons trilogy was inspired by her years living in Japan, a healthy fear of ghosts, and a plastic head she found in her rubbish bin. Takeshita Demons won the Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award for multicultural children’s writing.

Presentation Description:

Cristy runs workshops on creative writing, science writing, determination, persistence and how this whole book publishing thing works.

“I had different teachers returning children’s feedback sheets from your sessions (THE NEXT DAY!!!!) and letting me know kids in the playground had come up to them and said how good you were." 

Cristy has presented in Australia, the US, UK, South Africa, Singapore, Switzerland and the UAE. Cristy teaches 'Writing for Children' and 'Communicating with Asia for Engineers' at Curtin University. 

“The kids were absolutely captivated by her, she had them fully engaged and engrossed in subjects many children would be too shy to talk about, she was definitely the talk of the library!”