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Laura Jean McKay: Measures of Success | Melbourne Writers Festival

What does success mean for an author? Is it an attainable form of creative contentment, or a maddening ambition for artistic perfection never quite realised, no matter the accolades and adulation?

Hear from the winner of the 2022 Stella Prize Evelyn Araluen (Dropbear), multi-award-winning novelist Laura Jean McKay (The Animals in That Country), prolific English author Sarah Moss (The Fell), and Prime Minister’s Literary Award-winning poet and novelist Omar Sakr (Son of Sin) in conversation with Sisonke Msimang (Always Another Country) as they unravel their own experiences as successful, award-winning authors, the privileges and pitfalls that such a status extends, and how they’ve navigated the highs and lows of their careers and the publishing industry at large.

 

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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