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Congratulations go once again to West Australian author Kim Scott who was this week announced as the inaugural winner of the Victorian Prize for Literature.
Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu presented Scott with the $100,000 prize earlier this week. The award is the richest in Australian literature.
Back in June, Scott received the Miles Franklin Award which, although not the most lucrative of the Australian book awards ($50,000), is regarded as one of the most prestigious.
That Deadman Dance explores the early contact between the first European settlers and the Aboriginal Noongar people of the south west of WA. It is set around the area that is now known as Albany, which is Scott’s hometown.
Kim Scott was the first indigenous author to win the Miles Franklin Literary Award for his novel Benang in 2000. He has now won the accolade for a second time; a fantastic achievement.
That Deadman Dance has also been awarded the $25,000 Kate Challis RAKA Award for work by an indigenous writer.
The book is sitting in my TBR pile by the bed so I look forward to reading it!