The winners of the 2019 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards were announced on the 7 August 2020 and highly acclaimed Western Australian author Kim Scott was inducted into the Hall of Fame of notable and prolific WA writers.
Kim Scott’s prize-winning fiction is acclaimed locally, nationally and internationally. He is exemplary both as an Australian writer and in the field of Indigenous literature. A leader in the wider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and in his own Noongar community - where his ground-breaking work with the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project has had far-reaching effects. In addition, becoming a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities is a testament to his academic standing.
WA Hall of Fame judge and CEO of Fremantle Press, Jane Fraser, said:
“his work is a shining example of how Western Australian stories, well told and beautifully crafted, can create opportunities to learn about our shared past. His books cross boundaries, reaching readers from all backgrounds both at home and overseas. A true artist and literary activist, whether he’s writing fiction, sharing oral histories or working on important Noongar language projects, his work is a gift to us all.”