Curtin Uni professor Kim Scott shortlisted for Miles Franklin Literary Award for Taboo

Author Kim Scott.  Picture: Will Russell d464870
Author Kim Scott. Picture: Will Russell d464870

CURTIN University professor Kim Scott has been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

Professor Scott, who works in the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry, was nominated for his book Taboo, which earlier this year won the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards’ Book of the Year and Indigenous Writers’ Prize.

Prof Scott was 2012 West Australian of the Year and has previously won two Miles Franklin Literary Awards for Benang (2000) and That Deadman Dance (2011).

Six authors have been short-listed for the major prize.

Scott’s book is set in present-day rural WA, where a Noongar family revisits a taboo massacre site.

It explores prospect of reconciliation for the Noongar group and the descendents of those who initiated the massacre.

The winner will be announced in Melbourne on August 26.

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