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JC Burke


The Story of Tom Brennan won the 2006 CBC Book of the Year – Older Readers and the 2006 Australian Family Therapists Award for Children’s Literature. It is currently on the NSW HSC syllabus list. Pig Boy has been shortlisted for a slew of awards and won Jane the prestigious Ned Kelly Award for crime fiction in 2012.

Since Burke started writing in 1999, she has published a number of acclaimed books for teenagers and young adults, including Children’s Book Council Notable Books White Lies and The Red Cardigan, Aurealis Awards finalist Nine Letters Long, The Story of Tom Brennan, Faking Sweet, Starfish Sisters and Ocean Pearl.

J.C. Burke was born in Sydney in 1965, the fourth of five sisters. With writers for parents, she grew up in a world of noise, drama and books, but she decided to become a nurse after her mother lost a long battle with cancer. Jane lives on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and is married with two children.



As always, Jane was terrific with our students – very flexible and adaptable with her talk. She asked what the students were studying, what piece of work they were working on, and gave her talk with this as somewhat of a focal point. Our students were definitely taking everything she said on board and are now working on adding those ideas into their own writing (an opinion piece on the themes in Tom Brennan).

It’s terrific that Jane is so flexible, adaptable and directs her talks with a focus relevant to the students.

—D. Ibrido, Catholic Regional College, October 2017

Have used Booked Out in the past and have always found the service helpful, informative and efficient. Excellent customer service. Jane is a fantastic speaker and presenter. She “gets’ kids and has a great sense of humour.

—J. Hulett, St Helena Secondary College, June 2011

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