Meet the Author: Kim Scott


Meet the Author: Kim Scott


Join us at 6.30pm on Monday 7th August as Kim Scott speaks in conversation with Melissa Lucashenko about his new novel, Taboo.

From the two-time winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award comes a work charged with ambition and poetry, brutality and mystery, about a young woman cast into a drama that has been playing for over two hundred years.

Be sure not to miss this opportunity to hear from one of Australia's most powerful literary voices.


About the Book...

Taboo tells the story of a group of Noongar people who revisit, for the first time in many decades, a taboo place: the site of a massacre that followed the assassination, by these Noongar’s descendants, of a white man who had stolen a black woman. They come at the invitation of Dan Horton, the elderly owner of the farm on which the massacres unfolded. He hopes that by hosting the group he will cleanse some moral stain from the ground on which he and his family have lived for generations. But the sins of the past will not be so easily expunged. Taboo is a novel of return, and of healing; of renewal, as well as destruction; and,ultimately, of hope as much as despair.


About the Author...
Kim Scott is a multi-award winning novelist. Benang (1999) was the first novel by an Indigenous writer to win the Miles Franklin Literary Award and That Deadman Dance (2010) also won Australia’s premier literary prize, among many others. Proud to be one among those who call themselves Noongar, Kim is founder and chair of the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Story Project (, which has published a number of bilingual picture books. He received an Australian Centenary Medal and was 2012 West Australian of the Year. Kim is currently Professor of Writing in the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts at Curtin University.


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