Author Archives: Ramona Koval

Dubravka Ugrešić – remembering Baba Yaga

One of the great joys of ageing is the way your mind becomes like a massive filing cabinet, much of the time simply a jumble of drawers and labels and yellowing manilla folders. But then, a miracle happens and you make a connection between an idea you are having and a perfectly apposite reference somewhere […]

Joseph Heller: Not today and not during this interview.

I see that there’s a remake TV series of Catch-22. Time, I think, to revisit my interview with its author, American novelist and memoirist Joseph Heller, conducted in New York in 1998, just a year before he died aged 76. Joseph Heller was a master of the absurd, so much so that the title of […]

Video interview with Sir Simon Schama, Melbourne May 2nd, 2019.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Sir Simon Schama ( @simon_schama ) on May 2nd 2019 at the Atheneum Theatre in Melbourne when he was a guest of the Wheeler Centre for their Mayhem series. You’ll find the link to the event below.  Sir Simon Schama is University Professor of Art History and History […]

Revisiting The Cellar, the Hinges and the Copper Samovar.

Reading Robyn Ravlich’s Skywriting – making radio waves in preparation for our conversation at her Melbourne launch soon, how taken back I was to see a mention of a program I made with her help in the late 1990s. The Cellar, the Hinges and the Copper Samovar was my venture into the kind of complex […]

Launch of Skywriting by Robyn Ravlich

Skywriting: making radio waves is the memoir of ABC broadcaster Robyn Ravlich, from her beginnings as a trainee in 1975 to her development as an award-winning and much admired radiophonic feature maker. Sarah Ferguson calls it ‘A mesmerising memoir of Australia’s intellectual life told with the heart and vision of an artist.’ She’s be launching […]

New Essay – Goodbye and Good Luck

I have an essay, Goodbye and Good Luck, in a new essay collection called Split: True Stories of Leaving, Loss and New Beginnings edited by Lee Kofman , Ventura Press (2019). “In this compelling anthology of personal essays, curated by award-winning author Lee Kofman, some of Australia’s most beloved writers reveal, for the first time, […]

Les Murray, Poet, 7/10/38 – 29/04/19

“I came back to go mad. That’s what you do if you’ve got old, unfinished business back in a place and you go back there, you’ll tend to deal with it. “ Poet Les Murray has died.  In 1997 I made a pair of radio programs on his work. I travelled to Bunyah, where he […]