The Australia Council mourns the loss of one of Australia’s best-known poets, writers, academics and broadcasters, Dr Margaret Scott.
Immigrating to Australia in 1959 from England, Dr Scott settled in Tasmania where she lived until the end of her life. The University of Tasmania, where she taught and mentored many young writers over the last twenty years has described Dr Scott as a State treasure.
Last year, Dr Scott was awarded the Australia Council Writers’ Emeritus award, which acknowledges the achievements of writers who have made outstanding and lifelong contributions to Australian literature.
‘Margaret Scott was a remarkable literary talent,’ said Jennifer Bott, Australia Council CEO. ‘Her storytelling ability, the ease with which she blended the colloquial and the luminous in her poetry – coupled with her famous sense of humour – made Dr Scott a unique and much-loved Australian icon. We mourn her passing with much respect and affection’ she said.