Alumnus wins Victorian Prize for Literature

September 8, 2011

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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.

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