Alumnus wins Victorian Prize for Literature

September 8, 2011

Alumnus and author Kim Scott has won yet another award for his acclaimed novel That Deadman Dance.

Mr Scott was last night named the inaugural winner of the Victorian Prize for Literature, walking away with $125,000.

In June he won the Miles Franklin Literary Award for the second time – 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.

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

Print This Post Print This Post

Media contact: Pepita Smyth
Tel: (08) 9360 1289  |  Mobile: 0417 171 551  |  Email:
Categories: General, Future Students, Domestic students, School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Tags: , , ,

Leave a comment

You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published.

Thanks for commenting!