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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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Children’s author Cristy Burne has worked as a science communicator for 20 years across Australia, Japan, Switzerland, the UK, US, South Africa and beyond. She has performed in a science circus, worked as a garbage analyst, and was a reporter at CERN when they turned on the Large Hadron Collider. Cristy is a popular presenter and is passionate about empowering our next generation of creative science-savvy citizens. She also loves chocolate.

Recent titles include:

Wednesday Weeks and the Crown of Destiny

Hachette (2021)

Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows

Hachette (2021)


Beneath The Trees

Fremantle Press (2021)


Fiona Wood: Inventor of Spray-on Skin

Wild Dingo Press (September, 2020) ISBN: 9781925893281


Zeroes and Ones: The Geeks, Heroes and Hackers Who Changed History

XOUM/Brio Books (August 2018) ISBN: 9781925589399

-          2019 CBCA Notables Book – Eve Pownall Awards

-          2019 Shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Awards


Off The Track

Fremantle Press (July 2018) ISBN: 9781925591743

-          2019 Shortlisted Wilderness Society Environmental Award for Children’s Literature


To The Lighthouse

Fremantle Press (June 2017) ISBN: 9781925164619

-          2019 Shortlisted West Australia Young Readers Book Award (WAYRBA)

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!”