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Laura Jean McKay: The Inconvenient Truths of Climate Fiction | Melbourne Writers Festival

How can fiction speak to feelings of fear, loss and hope in an age of climate crisis?

Hear from writers Else Fitzgerald and Yumna Kassab in conversation with Laura Jean McKay (The Animals in That Country) as they illuminate their newest works, both set against backdrops of environmental degradation and climate change. Fitzgerald’s collection Everything Feels like the End of the World is ‘an exquisite elegy for the world we know, and the world we know is to come’ (Briohny Doyle), while Kassab’s novel Australiana has been lauded as showing ‘our country in all its complexity, mess and glory’ (Zoya Patel).

 

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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