Jane grew up as the fourth of five girls, and
with writers for parents she lived in a world of chaos, drama
and books. Jane was free to eavesdrop and observe many colourful
characters, providing her with an endless supply of stories
and impersonations that kept her family entertained.
as an Oncology Sister Jane decided to do a Creative Writing Course
with Libby Gleeson which inspired her
to apply for a mentorship with the Australian Society of Authors
in 2000. Successful, Burke undertook writing her first novel White
Lies, under the mentorship of Gary Crew, which was published
in 2002 and became a CBCA Notable Book in 2003.
now established herself as an extremely popular writer for young
adults, with The Red Cardigan (CBCA Notable Book
2005), Nine Letters Long, The Story of
Tom Brennan and Faking Sweet. In Faking
Sweet, the main character, Holly, learns the truth about
best friends and betrayal through the help of Shakespeare’s ‘Much
Ado About Nothing’. Her latest titles are The Starfish
Sisters and Ocean Pearl, the first two
books in a new series for teenagers.
The Story of Tom Brennan, a powerful story of
a night of celebration that instead becomes the night Tom’s
life changes forever, has received many awards. It was the Older
Readers’ Book of the Year in the 2006 CBCA awards and also
the Family Therapists Book of the Year and is now a prescribed
text on the NSW HSC English syllabus.
on Sydney's Northern Beaches with her husband and two children
and is available for general talks, writing workshops, conferences
and festivals throughout the year.
More information at www.jcburke.com.au.
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