Kim Scott, author of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Winning – That Deadman Dance, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru Asks

Kim Scott -

winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for best book in south-east Asia and the Pacific for That Deadman Dance -

and author of the Miles Franklin Award Winning Benang and True Country

Ten Terrifying Questions

UPDATE: Kim Scott has won
the 2011 Miles Franklin Literary Award – details here

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1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

Born in Perth, Western Australia, but moved to Albany when I was three or four years old and did all my schooling there. Albany is my home town.

My father’s family had lived a couple of hours drive east of Albany, at what’s now Ravensthorpe for the generations since its proclamation, and lived in the vicinity since human society was formed there. But Ravensthorpe has a bad rep with most Aboriginal people today because of a lot of killing that occurred there in the earliest years of its colonisation. I didn’t even know about it until I was a young adult. There’s much food for thought, contemplating one’s Aboriginal family raised in those circumstances, having reconciled themselves with Continue reading

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