Alumnus wins Miles Franklin Award for second time

June 23, 2011

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Murdoch alumnus Kim Scott has won Australia’s most prestigious literary prize for the second time.

Mr Scott received the Miles Franklin Literary Award for his new novel That Deadman Dance.

In 2000 he was the first Indigenous author to win the prize for his novel Benang, an honour he shared with writer Thea Astley.

That Deadman Dance is a fictional tale of a young Nyungar man Bobby who falls in love with the daughter of a wealthy white family. As the Europeans impose ever-stricter rules and regulations, frictions arise and Bobby is forced to take sides.

The story is set in the first decades of the 19th century in Albany, Western Australia and explores the relationships and tensions that arose during the early contact between the first European settlers and the Aboriginal Nyungar people.

That Deadman Dance is also shortlisted for this year’s Prime Minister’s 2011 Literary Awards.

Mr Scott graduated from Murdoch with a Bachelor of Arts (English and Comparative Literature) in 1979 and a Graduate Diploma of Education in 1984.

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