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Ruth Starke Ruth Starke i(A16806 works by) (birth name: Ruth Elaine Toolin)
Also writes as: Laine Hall
Born: Established: 15 May 1946 Adelaide, South Australia, ; Died: Ceased: 5 Sep 2022
Gender: Female
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Ruth Starke, an Adelaide-based author, wrote largely for children and young adults.

Starke gained a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours at Flinders University, winning two university awards. She later gained a PhD, also from Flinders. Starke has worked in several different jobs both in Australia and overseas, including public relations and travel marketing. She turned to writing fiction in 1992.

Starke taught Creative Writing at Flinders University and contributed to various literary magazines. She was a member of Ekidnas (Children's Bookwriters' Group) and the Australian Society of Authors. She served as Chair of the Board of Management of the South Australian Writers' Centre and was on the Board of Allwrite! SA Youth Literature Festival 1993-1997.

Most Referenced Works


  • Winner of the Woman's Day / Mills & Boon Romantic Fiction Contest, 1993 and Suncorp Literary Award (Humorous Short Story) 1995. .

Affiliation Notes

  • South Australian

Personal Awards

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Armistice Sydney South : Working Title Press , 2018 12934234 2018 picture book children's

'In this companion to the award-winning, My Gallipoli, many voices will recall the day the Great War ended and the monthsthat followed before peace rang out around the world.

'On 11 November 1918, after four years of fighting, the Allied powers signed an agreement with Germany to end the Great War and to begin peace negotiations. The armistice, as it was known, took effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. But it would take more than seven months before peace would finally be declared at Versailles on 28 June 1919. The Great War was over. But the world as it had been known was changed forever.

'In this book, many voices recall the day the war ended,and the months that followed before peace rang out around the world. Armistice will bring these stories to life and is published to commemorate the 100th anniversary since the fighting stopped.' (Publication Summary)

2019 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Eve Pownall Award
y separately published work icon My Gallipoli Adelaide : Working Title Press , 2015 8033999 2015 single work novel young adult war literature

'From the shores of Anzac Cove to the heights of Chunuk Bair, from Cape Helles to Gurkha Bluff, the Gallipoli Peninsula was the place where thousands of men from sixteen nations fought, suffered, endured or died during the eight months of occupation in 1915. For each of them, their families and their nurses, Gallipoli meant something different. Their voices emerge from the landscape and across the decades with stories of courage, valour, despair and loss. Winner of the 2015 NSW Premier's Young People's History Prize Shortlisted for the 2015 Asher Literary Award and the 2016 Children's Book Council of Australia Crichton Award A 2016 Children's Book Council of Australia Notable Book' (Publication summary 2016 edition)

2016 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Non-Fiction
2016 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Eve Pownall Award
2015 shortlisted Asher Literary Award
2016 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Picture Book
y separately published work icon An Anzac Tale Adelaide : Working Title Press , 2012 Z1908757 2012 single work graphic novel children's 'When Australia pledges its support to Great Britain at the outbreak of World War I, mates Roy Martin and Wally Cardwell are among the first to enlist.

But what the friends first thought would be an adventure soon turns to disaster. The day after the landing at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915, more than 2000 of their fellow Anzacs are dead. As the campaign drags on, life for Wally and Roy and their new friend, Tom, becomes a battle of endurance against a plucky enemy, a hostile landscape, flies, fleas, cold and disease.

In this graphic novel, Ruth Starke and Greg Holfeld have combined to create an extraordinary and original work for upper primary students on the subject of Gallipoli and the Anzac campaign.' (Publisher's blurb)
2013 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Best Language Development Book for Upper Primary Children (2005-2013)
2014 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Picture Book
2014 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Eve Pownall Award
2014 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Younger Readers
2014 winner Ledger Awards Bronze Ledger
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