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Pieter Waterdrinker (born 1961, Haarlem) is one of the most successful novelists in contemporary Dutch literature, praised for his compelling voice. He studied Russian at the University of Amsterdam, has been based in Russia since the late 1980s, and was a long-time correspondent at the leading Dutch daily De Telegraaf. His literary work has often been translated and longlisted for awards, and his last novel The Rat of Amsterdam is a critically acclaimed bestseller. He lives between Saint-Petersburg and the South of France.

Pieter Waterdrinker’s Festival appearance is generously supported by New Dutch Writing.

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.