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We recognise all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first storytellers; and that knowledge transfer through storytelling is imbedded in the very DNA of this Country.

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Kim Scott

Kim Scott has twice won Australia’s premier literary award, the Miles Franklin (for Benang and That Deadman Dance) among many other Australian literary prizes. His most recent novel is Taboo (Picador, 2017).

Proud to be one among those who call themselves Noongar – the Aboriginal people of south-western Australia, Kim is also convenor of Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories (www.wirlomin.com.au), a community organisation dedicated to the consolidation and enhancement of its members’ collective heritage and responsible for a number of bilingual (Noongar and English) picture books along with regional performances of story and song at schools and community events. A Companion to the Works of Kim Scott (Camden House, 2016) and Kim Scott: Readers, Language and Interpretation (UWAP, 2019) deal with aspects of his career and literary work.

Kim was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001 and became the inaugural Western Australian of the Year in 2012. He is a member of the West Australian Writers Hall of Fame, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanties and in 2022 was recognised as a WA State Cultural Treasure. Kim is currently Professor of Creative Writing in the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry at Curtin University.