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Laura Jean McKay Laura Jean McKay i(A84870 works by)
Born: Established: Gippsland, Victoria, ;
Gender: Female
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Laura Jean McKay is a writer, performer and a playwright published in The Big Issue fiction editions, Best Australian Stories 2008, Muse, the magazine of the University of Melbourne Graduate Student Association and Sleepers Almanac and featured on ABC Radio National. Her plays have been produced by Forty Forty Home, The Emerging Writers' Festival and The Last Tuesday Society. Her 2009 Asialink residency to Cambodia led to her current work on a short story collection and an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne.

She was the Laughing Waters Arts Foundation writer in residence at Birrung,15 September - 30 November 2010 and also in 2010 received a Writing @ Rosebank Fellowship through the Victorian Writers Centre.

McKay's work has appeared in Meanjin, Overland, and The Saturday Paper. She has a PhD from the University of Melbourne.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2022 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Individuals and groups ($45,290)
2013 shortlisted The Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize
2012 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships To establish my career as a writer through web promotion, equipment and professional development.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Gunflower Melbourne : Scribe , 2023 26042656 2023 selected work short story

'The brilliant new short story collection from the Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author of The Animals in That Country.

'A family of cat farmers gets the chance to set the felines free. A group of chickens tells it like it is. A female-crewed ship ploughs through the patriarchy. A support group finds solace in a world without men.

'With her trademark humour, energy, and flair, McKay offers hallucinogenic glimpses of places where dreams subsume reality, where childhood restarts, where humans behave like animals and animals talk like humans.

'The stories in Gunflower explode and bloom in mesmerising ways, showing the world both as it is and as it could be.' (Publication summary)

2023 longlisted British Science Fiction Association Awards Collection
y separately published work icon The Animals in that Country Melbourne : Scribe , 2020 18465113 2020 single work novel fantasy

'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 spot for a young dingo called Sue.

'Then one day, disturbing news arrives of a pandemic sweeping the country. This is no ordinary flu: its chief symptom is that its victims begin to understand the language of animals — first mammals, then birds and insects, too. But as the flu progresses, the unstoppable voices become overwhelming, and many people begin to lose their minds.

'When Jean’s infected son, Lee, takes off with Kimberly, heading south, Jean feels the pull to follow her kin. Setting off on their trail, with Sue the dingo riding shotgun, they find themselves in a stark, strange world in which the animal apocalypse has only further isolated people from other species.

'Bold, exhilarating, and wholly original, The Animals in That Country asks what it means to be human — and what would happen, for better or worse, if we finally understood what animals were saying.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 shortlisted Ditmar Awards Best Novel
2021 winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Fiction
2021 winner Arthur C. Clarke Award (US)
2021 longlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
2021 shortlisted ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
2021 finalist Sir Julius Vogel Awards Best Novel
2020 joint winner Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Science Fiction Division Novel
2021 shortlisted The Stella Prize
2021 winner Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Small Publishers' Adult Book of the Year
2021 winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Victorian Prize for Literature
2020 shortlisted Readings Prizes Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction
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