From Kim Scott, two-times winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, comes a work charged with ambition and poetry, in equal parts brutal, mysterious and idealistic, about a young woman cast into a drama that has been playing for over two hundred years.
Taboo takes place in present day Western Australia, and 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.
We walk with the ragtag group through this taboo country and note in them glimmers of re-connection with language, lore, country. This is a novel of survival and renewal, as much as destruction; and, ultimately, of hope as much as despair.
In conversation with Phillip Hall.
Tickets: $12 (includes a glass of house wine or soft drink)
Kim Scott is a multi-award winning novelist. Benang was the first novel by an Indigenous writer to win the Miles Franklin Award and That Deadman Dance 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. Kim is currently Professor of Writing in the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts at Curtin University.
Phillip Hall worked for many years as a teacher of outdoor education and sport throughout regional NSW, NT and Northern Queensland. He now resides in Melbourne’s Sunshine where he is a passionate member of the Western Bulldogs Football Club. His publications include Sweetened in Coals and (as editor) Diwurruwurru: Poetry from the Gulf of Carpentaria. His latest poetry collection is Borroloola Class and a second collection, Fume, is due out in February 2018.
Our thanks to the National Library of Australia who has brought Kim Scott to Canberra for the 2017 Ray Mathew Lecture