In his latest novel, Taboo, two-time Miles Franklin–winning author Kim Scott deftly navigates difficult questions about Australia’s colonial past through present-day characters. Set in his ancestral Noongar country in Western Australia’s Great Southern region, its heroine is Tilly, a young woman cast into a drama that has been playing out for more than 200 years. ABC’s Daniel Browning joins Kim to discuss what The Guardian has hailed “a complex, thoughtful, and exceptionally generous offering by a master storyteller at the top of his game”.
Kim Scott (Australian)
Kim Scott grew up on the south coast of Western Australia. He is proud to be one among those who call themselves Noongar. His second novel, Benang: From the Heart, won the 1999 Western Australian Premier's Book Award, the 2000 Miles Franklin Literary Award and the 2001 Kate Challis RAKA Award. His third novel, That Deadman Dance, also won the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 2011, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Western Australian Premier's Book Award. His most recent book is Taboo. Kim is currently Professor of Writing at the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts, Curtin University.
Daniel Browning (Australian)
Daniel Browning is an Aboriginal journalist, radio broadcaster, documentary maker, sound artist and writer. Currently, he produces and presents Awaye!, the Indigenous art and culture program on ABC RN. Awaye! surveys contemporary Indigenous cultural practice across the arts spectrum. A visual arts graduate, Daniel is also a widely-published freelance arts writer. He is a former guest editor of Artlink Indigenous, an occasional series of the quarterly Australian contemporary arts journal. He is the curator of Blak Box, an immersive sound installation in the newly-redeveloped precinct on the western foreshore of Sydney Harbour. He studied English and Art History at the University of Queensland before graduating with a degree in visual arts from the Queensland University of Technology. Daniel is a descendant of the Bundjalung and Kullilli peoples of far northern New South Wales and south-western Queensland.