Sunday, October 20, 2013

Laura's recollections

Laura reads from one of her short stories at Monument Books
Saturday afternoon is the new regular slot for Monument Books to hold their book launches. They kicked it off with Melbourne-based author Laura Jean McKay who has recently published her short story collection, Holiday in Cambodia, in Australia. In fact she brought over a pile of books to sell. An award-winning writer best known for smearing cat food all over herself on stage (she performs as well as writes), her collection of stories includes; three backpackers board a train, ignoring the danger signs, and find themselves in the hands of the Khmer Rouge, and a singer creates a sensation in swinging 1969, on the eve of an American bombing campaign. Laura previously spent time in Cambodia holding workshops for aspiring writers and included two colleagues from those workshops, Chanphal Sok and Chakriya Phou, as part of her talk yesterday.

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