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Friday, March 04, 2011

Noongar author, Kim Scott, wins Commonwealth Writers' Prize


from the Sydney Morning Herald ...

AS THE first Aboriginal author to win the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for best book in south-east Asia and the Pacific, Kim Scott would be entitled to feel some extra pride.

''No,'' he says. ''It bothers me a bit because it says what a history of disadvantage we've had when indigenous Australians have always been storytellers. It's really sad. What happened to our shared culture?''

Scott's winning third novel, That Deadman Dance, is about the harmonious relations between his Noongar people of south-western Australia and the early settlers.

Read more at http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/noongar-storyteller-stays-true-to-his-roots-with-prizewinning-novel-20110302-1bewy.html

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