In 1992 Kevin was awarded a Prime Minister’s four-year Creative Fellowship for his ‘outstanding artistic contribution to the nation’.

Kevin has been widely recognised as a pioneering Aboriginal writer – he is the first Aboriginal playwright with The Cherry Pickers.

His oral history Living Black won the National Book Council Award in 1978.

In 1988 Kevin was awarded, and refused, the Human Rights Award for Literature for the poetry anthology Inside Black Australia.

His poetry in Black from the Edge won the RAKA award.

Kevin's art has hung in the Australian National Gallery and has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is held in private and public collections.