Ульф Старк

Ulf Stark

Ulf Gottfried Stark: was a Swedish writer, screenwriter and author of books for children and young adults. He was born on July 12, 1944, in Stockholm, Sweden, and died on June 13, 2017, in Stockholm. He was known for his work, which included books for children, as well as adaptations of his own works for film.

Childhood and family

Ulf Stark was born and raised in Stureby, a place that is often mentioned in his books. His interest in writing arose early, and he began writing at school. In 1964, he published his first collection of poetry, Ett hål till livet.


Ulf Stark studied at various institutions, and his interest in writing was strongly encouraged. He became known as the author of books for children, such as Can You Whistle, Johanna? and Min vän Percys magiska gymnastikskor.


Ulf Stark has collaborated with illustrators Anna Höglund and Mati Lepp. He was elected a member of the Swedish Academy of Children’s Literature from 1989 to 1998. In 1998 he received the Nordic Children’s Literature Prize.

AchievementsUlf Stark

Ulf Stark is known for his books such as Jaguaren, Min syster är en ängel (August Prize) and Ängeln och den blåa hästen. He has made a great contribution to the world of children’s literature and remains in the memory of readers.

Ulf Stark was a talented writer who gave his whole soul to his craft. His work will remain an important part of Swedish literary heritage: “Life is the best novel we can write.”