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Laura Jean McKay holds a PhD focusing on literary animal studies and she is currently the “animal expert” presenter on ABC Listen’s Animal Sound Safari. Her work has been published in numerous outlets and has been shortlisted for several awards. The Animals in that Country is McKay’s debut novel.

Maria Tumarkin is a writer and cultural historian. She is the author of three previous books of ideas Traumascapes, Courage, and Otherland, all of which received critical acclaim in Australia, where she lives. Her most recent work, Axiomatic, won the 2018 Melbourne Prize for Literature’s Best Writing Award. Tumarkin collaborates with visual artists, audio creatives, psychologists, and historians, and holds a PhD in cultural history from the University of Melbourne, where she teaches in the creative writing program.