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Scott, Kim (1957-)

Kim Scott is an Australian novelist of indigenous Australian ancestry.  He grew up on the south-east coast of Western Australia which is his ancestral Noongar country. Kim Scott began writing for publication while a high-school English teacher, and has published poetry, short stories and novels.

His novel That Deadman Dance won nine prestigious literary awards in its year of publication, including the regional Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Miles Franklin Award.

As well as his literary career, Scott has worked with others for several years to recover and preserve the traditional languages of his ancestral people.  He is Professor of Creative Writing at Curtain University, W.A.

Wood, Charlotte, editor. The Writer's Room: conversations about writing. Allen & Unwin, 2016, pp. 333-334.

Library Resources
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Library Resources



From the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project

  • Dwoort Baal Kaat written by Kim Scott and Russell Nelly, illustrated by Helen Hall


An interview with Kim Scott in:

Web Resources

Study Notes


  • Picador Australia - Notes for Reading Groups - Kim Scott: Taboo


  • The ABC Book Club - Author interviews: Kim Scott [Video 11:09]



That Deadman Dance