Ruth Starke Ruth Starke i(A16806 works by) (birth name: Ruth Elaine Toolin)
Also writes as: Laine Hall
Born: Established: 1946 Adelaide, South Australia, ;
Gender: Female
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Ruth Starke is based in Adelaide, South Australia, and has written 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 from Flinders. Starke has worked in a number of different jobs both in Australia and overseas, including public relations and travel marketing. She turned to writing fiction in 1992. She teaches Creative Writing at Flinders University and has contributed to various literary magazines.

Starke is a member of Ekidnas (Children's Bookwriters' Group) and the Australian Society of Authors. She has served as Chair of the Board of Management of the South Australian Writers' Centre. She 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

2012 ABR Patrons' Fellow Patrons' Fellowship for her project, titled ‘Media Don'
2012 Literature Board Grants Grants for Established Writers $40,000 for literary non-fiction.
2002 winner Festival Awards for Literature (SA) Carclew Fellowship

Awards for Works

My Gallipoli 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 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
2015 shortlisted Asher Literary Award
An Anzac Tale 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)
2014 winner Ledger Awards Bronze Ledger
2013 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Upper Primary
Captain Congo and the Crocodile King 2008 single work picture book children's 'A graphic picture book in the style of Tin Tin about a gorilla (Captain Congo) and his sidekick penguin friend (Pug) who are sent by the Agency to locate a missing anthropologist who has been searching for the Treasure House of the Queen of Sheba.'--Provided by publisher.
2009 shortlisted Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Picture Book of the Year
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