The State Library of Victoria congratulates West Australian author Kim Scott, winner of the 2011 Miles Franklin Literary Award for his book That Deadman Dance.

Acting CEO and State Librarian, Kate Molloy said the Library was delighted to host the Awards ceremony in its beautiful Cowen Gallery – marking the first time the Award has been presented outside of New South Wales since it began in 1957.

‘The success of the 2011 Awards ceremony is a result of the excellent partnership and relationship between the State Library of Victoria and the Trust Company.

The Miles Franklin is one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious literary awards and its hosting at the State Library is significant. The Library is one of Australia’s oldest cultural institutions and plays a role in supporting the literary life of the country.

We are very proud to have had the opportunity to provide the setting for this esteemed Australian literary event. It was a wonderful celebration of Australia’s literary talent and the institutions that support them in their creative endeavours. We congratulate Kim Scott and shortlisted authors Chris Womersley and Roger McDonald on their valuable contribution to Australia’s literature.’

Here Kim Scott talks about his book, That Deadman Dance.

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