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Laura Jean McKay: Growing Up in Country Australia | Melbourne Writers Festival

Growing Up in Country Australia is a new anthology that upends stereotypes about the people and places beyond our cities to present a fresh, modern look at life in the country. Featuring authors from diverse backgrounds, there are stories of joy, adventure, nostalgia, connection to nature and freedom, alongside ones of disaster, survival and resilience.

The collection’s editor, journalist and author Rick Morton, chats with Tony Armstrong, Bridie Jabour, Laura Jean McKay and Sami Shah about their contributions to the book.

 

Laura Jean McKay is a writer and a lecturer in creative writing at Massey University in New Zealand. Her debut novel, The Animals in That Country (Scribe, 2020), won the 2021 Victorian Prize for Literature and the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction. She is also the author of Holiday in Cambodia (2013).

The Animals in That Country

WINNER OF THE 2021 VICTORIAN PRIZE FOR LITERATURE
WINNER OF THE 2021 VICTORIAN PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARDS PRIZE FOR FICTION
A SLATE AND SUNDAY TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR
WINNER OF THE 2021 ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD

Out on the road, no one speaks, everything talks.

Hard-drinking, foul-mouthed, and allergic to bullshit, Jean is not your usual grandma. She’s never been good at getting on with other humans, apart from her beloved granddaughter, Kimberly. Instead, she surrounds herself with animals, working as a guide in an outback wildlife park. And although Jean talks to all her charges, she has a particular soft…

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