Dr Ruth Starke

Academic Status

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities (123B)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Ruth Starke has published over forty books for young people, including the award-winning NIPS XI (currently on the Fiction for Young Readers curriculum), Noodle Pie (2008) and the Captain Congo series of graphic novels. Her latest book is An Anzac Tale (2013), a graphic novel of Gallipoli. Her book on the history of Adelaide Writers' Week, Writers, Readers and Rebels, draws on her PhD research. She was awarded the Carclew Fellowship in 2002, and currently serves as a judge for the Adelaide Festival Literature Awards (Young Adult), and sits on the Arts SA Artists Grants and Awards panels. She has twice served as a peer assessor for the Australia Council's Literature Board. She is a regular and longtime book reviewer for Australian Book Review, Viewpoint, and Radio Adelaide, and has been an editorial adviser for ABR, and a past Chair of the SA Writers Centre. She was appointed to the board of the Little Big Book Club in 2012.

BA (Hons)
PhD in English
Honours, awards and grants

University Medal

Staff Prize in English

Carclew Fellowship

Varuna Fellowship

CBCA Honour Book (NIPS XI)

UNESCO Award for Books That Promote Tolerance (Nips XI)

Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year (Noodle Pie)

US Board of Books for Young People, Outstanding International Book (Noodle Pie)

Aurealis Award Best YA Short Story

Reading Australia National Short Story Award

Davitt Award Best YA Crime Novel

Inaugural Nance Donkin Award

Wilderness Award (Catland)

9 CBCA Notable Book Awards

ArtSA literature grants

Australia Council Literature grant (2012)

Key responsibilities
Supervision of postgraduates in creative writing.
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Creative Writing, the Novel (1)
Principal supervisor: Creative writing (1)
Associate supervisor: Creative writing (7)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Hannah Kent

Writing Australia Inaugural $10,000 unpublished manuscript award - NOV 2011

Hannah Kent

International publication of Burial Rites - JUN 2013

Ben Chandler

Publication of Quillblade (Random House) - MAY 2010

  • Don Dunstan
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