Judge in focus: Ruth Bonetti

Ruth Bonetti is the 2019 Stories of Life judge for the Lutheran Education Young Stories of Life.

Ruth Bonetti at the launch of her book Midnight Sun to Southern Cross

Ruth grew up in the arid Queensland outback, intrigued by the strange-accented relatives she met on holidays near Byron Bay, in areas developed by her power-house grandfather W. A. Back.

Ruth’s career in classical music became a passport to the world.

Destiny led her to live in Sweden, directly across the Gulf of Bothnia from Granddad’s birthplace in Finland. There she researched his story, and that of the black-sheep brother who in 1899 fled with Russians in pursuit to Suez.

Ruth is author/editor of a dozen publications about music, education and performance, five through Words and Music and two with Oxford University Press. Burn My Letters, Book 1 of the Back Brothers’ saga, won the 2017 Omega Writers’ Caleb Award for Nonfiction.