Kim Scott Wins Commonwealth Writer’s Prize


Indigenous author and Copryight Agency member Kim Scott’s novel, That Deadman Dance, has won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the best book in south-east Asia and the Pacific.

Established in 1987, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize recognises the best fiction by both new and established writers from Commonwealth countries. Each year prizes for Best Book and Best First Book are awarded in four regions; Africa, Caribbean and Canada, south Asia and Europe and south-east Asia and Pacific.

The eight regional winners then compete for the Commonwealth Best Book and Best First Book prizes. This year the two overall winners are to be announced on 21 May at the Sydney Writers’ Festival.

Rightsholder Relations Manager, Eloise Nolan says “with two of his three novels being award winners on a highly notable scale, Kim Scott’s reputation as has been certainly cemented as one of this country’s stand-out novelists. An acknowledged writer and academic, Kim joined the Copyright Agency last year when a number of his works were used in our country’s educational institutions.

Benang – from The Heart which was a co-winner of the 2000 Miles Franklin Literary Award, and a number of articles and essays including Disputed Territory which appeared in Reconciliation: Essays on Australian Reconciliation have all played a highly useful part in informing debate and providing context as the country moves towards being one people.

“We would very much like to pass on from the Copyright Agency, our deep felt congratulations to Kim for this latest recognition of his writing.”

View an article from The Sydney Morning Herald on 3 March 2011.

For further information about the prize, refer to the Commonwealth Foundation website.

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