Australasian Animal Studies Association

McKay, Dr Laura Jean

Lecturer in Creative Writing

Massey University

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Laura Jean McKay is the author of The Animals in That Country (Scribe, 2020) and Holiday in Cambodia (Black Inc. 2013), shortlisted for three national book awards in Australia. Her work appears in The GuardianOverlandBest Australian StoriesThe Saturday Paper, 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.  



The Animals in That Country (Scribe, 2020)
Holiday in Cambodia (Black Inc. 2013).


McKay, Laura Jean (2020) How to be brave in the face of you know everything. The spinoff (for the WORD Christchurch Gala),

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HRAE Knowing Animals Reading Group, University of Melbourne