Laura Jean McKay is the author of The Animals in That Country (2020) and Holiday in Cambodia (2013), shortlisted for three national book awards in Australia. Her work appears in the Guardian, Best Australian Stories and the North American Review. Laura is a lecturer in creative writing at Massey University with a PhD from the University of Melbourne focusing on literary animal studies. She is the ‘animal expert’ presenter on ABC Listen’s Animal Sound Safari.
Laura Jean McKay
Events at Word
WORD GALA: BRAVE WORLDSFriday, 30 October 7:45 pm
We open the weekend with a glittering event, with five of the festival's distinguished writers responding to the theme of courage. With Witi Ihimaera, Laura Jean McKay, Becky Manawatu, Elizabeth Knox and Behrouz Boochani, hosted by John Campbell.
TALKING ANIMALS: LAURA JEAN MCKAY AND PHILIP ARMSTRONGSaturday, 31 October 10:30 am
Novelist Laura Jean McKay (The Animals in That Country) and poet Philip Armstrong (Sinking Lessons) both use animal protagonists in their work, and both work in the field of animal studies. Here they appear in conversation and ask: what would the animals say if they could talk to us?