Kim Scott Wins Miles Franklin Literary Award


Congratulations to Copyright Agency member Kim Scott, who has won the 2011 Miles Franklin Literary Award for That Deadman Dance.

The announcement was made at a dinner held at the State Library of Victoria on Wednesday evening 22 June. In commenting on That Deadman Dance as the shortlist was announced, the judges of the Award said that it is ‘a powerful and innovative fiction that shifts our sense of what an historical novel can achieve. Its language is shaped by the encounter of Noongar and Australian English, producing new writing and speech.’

That Deadman Dance was up against two other shortlisted novels; Bereft by Chris Womersley and When Colts Ran by Roger McDonald. This year, for the first time, the shortlisted authors received a cash prize of $5,000 each, supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

Kim also won a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book in South East Asia and the Pacific this year for That Deadman Dance.

For further information visit the Miles Franklin Literary Award website.

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