Laura Jean McKay
Laura Jean McKay is the author of The Animals in That Country (Scribe, 2020), winner of the Arthur C Clarke Award, the Victorian Prize for Literature, the ABIA Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year and co-winner of the Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. She is also the author of Holiday in Cambodia (Black Inc., 2013). Her latest collection is Gunflower (Scribe, 2023).
FictionHe hasn’t caught one in twelve years or more, not since just before Ritchie – Hayley’s oldest – was born. The deboning alone can take half a morning and you have to strip that tail to its cartilage very carefully because there’s a layer of green resin, bitter. In small doses it ruins the meat; poisonous if you eat too much.
In ConversationERIN HORTLE: In Tasmania, there is a place where female octopuses emerge from the water and make their way across an isthmus, with a highway running across it, in search of habitat to extrude their eggs. Luckily, on the...