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Kim Scott Kim Scott i(A13678 works by)
Born: Established: 1957 Midland, Swan Valley area, Eastern Perth, Perth, Western Australia, ;
Gender: Male
Heritage: Aboriginal ; Aboriginal Noongar / Nyoongar / Nyoongah / Nyungar / Nyungah/Noonygar
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Kim Scott is a multi-award winning Indigenous author from Western Australia. He grew up near Albany, in southern Western Australia, then on leaving school completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Graduate Diploma in Education at Murdoch University, in Perth. He initially worked as a secondary school teacher and later turned to writing full-time.

Scott began working on his first novel, the semi-autobiographical True Country (1993), whilst teaching at a remote Aboriginal community in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Since then he has gained widespread critical acclaim for the way in which his writing explores questions of identity, race and history, and also for his interest in finding ways that Indigenous people might connect their ancient heritage to contemporary life. His friend John Fielder has written that Scott "is an important figure in Australia today because of his creative quest to open up new and different ways of 'being black', and to provide a language for that which is otherwise un-utterable".

In 2000, Scott became the first Indigenous author to win the Miles Franklin Literary Award, with his novel Benang: From the Heart (1999). In 2011 he won both the Miles Franklin and the Australian Literature Society’s Gold Medal with That Deadman Dance (2010). He was a guest speaker at the 2001 Century of Federation Alfred Deakin Lecture Series in Melbourne. He presented at the 2004 Melbourne 'Globalisation and Identities' forum. He has been a member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board of the Australia Council. In 2012 he was made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and also named West Australian of the Year.

Since completing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Western Australia in 2009, Scott has been involved with the Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute and also the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Story Project. Scott was appointed Professor of Writing in the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts of Curtin University in December, 2011. He is a member of The Centre for Culture and Technology (CCAT), leading its Indigenous Culture and Digital Technologies research program.

Scott is the nephew of Hazel Brown, with whom he co-wrote in Kayang and Me.



Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

Taboo 2017 single work novel

'From Kim Scott, two-times winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, comes a work charged with ambition and poetry, in equal parts brutal, mysterious and idealistic, about a young woman cast into a drama that has been playing for over two hundred years ...

'Taboo takes place in the present day, in the rural South-West of Western Australia, and tells the story of a group of Noongar people who revisit, for the first time in many decades, a taboo place: the site of a massacre that followed the assassination, by these Noongar's descendants, of a white man who had stolen a black woman. They come at the invitation of Dan Horton, the elderly owner of the farm on which the massacres unfolded. He hopes that by hosting the group he will satisfy his wife's dying wishes and cleanse some moral stain from the ground on which he and his family have lived for generations.

'But the sins of the past will not be so easily expunged.

'We walk with the ragtag group through this taboo country and note in them glimmers of re-connection with language, lore, country. We learn alongside them how countless generations of Noongar may have lived in ideal rapport with the land. This is a novel of survival and renewal, as much as destruction; and, ultimately, of hope as much as despair.' (Publication summary)

2018 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Fiction
2018 winner Queensland Literary Awards Fiction Book Award
2018 shortlisted Colin Roderick Award
2018 shortlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
2018 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Book of the Year
2018 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Indigenous Writer's Prize
2018 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
2018 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year
2018 longlisted Indie Awards Fiction
2018 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction
Karroyul 2015 single work film/TV

'An Aboriginal girl, lost and empty after the death of her mother, discovers her past in an unlikely place.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2015 winner Australian Teachers of Media Awards Best Short Fiction (50 minutes or less)
2015 nominated Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Short Fiction Film
That Deadman Dance 2010 single work novel historical fiction

Big-hearted, moving and richly rewarding, That Deadman Dance is set in the first decades of the 19th century in the area around what is now Albany, Western Australia. In playful, musical prose, the book explores the early contact between the Aboriginal Noongar people and the first European settlers.

'The novel's hero is a young Noongar man named Bobby Wabalanginy. Clever, resourceful and eager to please, Bobby befriends the new arrivals, joining them hunting whales, tilling the land, exploring the hinterland and establishing the fledgling colony. He is even welcomed into a prosperous local white family where he falls for the daughter, Christine, a beautiful young woman who sees no harm in a liaison with a native.

'But slowly - by design and by accident - things begin to change. Not everyone is happy with how the colony is developing. Stock mysteriously start to disappear; crops are destroyed; there are "accidents" and injuries on both sides. As the Europeans impose ever stricter rules and regulations in order to keep the peace, Bobby's Elders decide they must respond in kind. A friend to everyone, Bobby is forced to take sides: he must choose between the old world and the new, his ancestors and his new friends. Inexorably, he is drawn into a series of events that will forever change not just the colony but the future of Australia...' (From the publisher's website.)

2012 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Book of the Year
2012 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
2012 winner Festival Awards for Literature (SA) Premier's Award for the Best Overall Published Work
2012 winner Festival Awards for Literature (SA) Award for Fiction
2012 longlisted International Awards International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2011 inaugural winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Victorian Prize for Literature
2011 winner The Kate Challis RAKA Award
2011 shortlisted Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Best Fiction Book
2011 winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction
2011 nominated Deadly Sounds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Entertainment and Community Awards Outstanding Achievement in Literature
2011 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year
2011 winner ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
2011 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Fiction
2011 shortlisted ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
2011 winner Miles Franklin Literary Award
2011 winner South East Asia and South Pacific Region Best Book
2011 shortlisted Indie Awards Fiction
2010 winner Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Fiction
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