Tag Archives: non-fiction

First review – A Letter to Layla: Travels to our deep past and near future

It’s always scary waiting for the first review of a book, especially when it’s taken five years to write. I am happy and very relieved to share this one, just published, from Books+Publishing (Inside the Australian and New Zealand book industry). 19 August 2020   ‘Ramona Koval’s latest book is really a quest story: in […]

Panel on writing creative non-fiction

I haven’t posted much lately as I am researching and writing my new book. However, sometimes I do emerge from my study to take part in events such as this one. It’s fun to talk with other writers about what we do and how and why. This panel was convened at Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre, and […]

Writing in Dark Territory: a conversation with Helen Garner and Anne Manne

In 2016 I moderated this conversation with writers Helen Garner (This House of Grief) and Anne Manne (Narcissism) . They  have written on some of the darkest aspects of the human experience: murder, violence against children, and the contemporary culture of narcissism. In conversation with me for La Trobe University’s Ideas and Society program, they […]

Lovely review of Bloodhound in Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and Canberra Times

Bloodhound review: Ramona Koval goes in search of her father Melinda Harvey Published: May 22, 2015 – 11:40AM Bloodhound: Searching for my Father RAMONA KOVAL TEXT, $32.99 Bloodhound is an investigation into the interdependency of the personal life narratives we construct for ourselves, and the rights but also responsibilities these narratives entail. It begins with […]

Wonderful review of Bloodhound in The Australian

In Bloodhound, Ramona Koval tracks down family secrets by: Felcity Plunkett ,The Australian ,April 25, 2015 12:00AM Ramona Koval’s embarks on a quest to discover the truth of her parentage. Source: News Corp Australia Ramona Koval describes herself as a ‘‘professional asker of questions’’. A much-loved presenter of ABC Radio National’s erstwhile programs Books and […]

A conversation with my editor on wishing people dead, niceness and honest writing.

Editor David Winter has a yarn with Ramona Koval, part 2 Posted on 15th April 2015 David Winter is the editor of Bloodhound, a new memoir by Ramona Koval. Here, David and Ramona continue their chat about writing, humour and moving on. You can read part one of this interview on an earlier post. DW: Bloodhound puts a lot […]

Remembering Günter Grass…

Truth shines up through the cracks 16 September 2006 The Age The idea of an author rarely matches the reality, but character flaws are still insightful, writes Ramona Koval. I WAS IN EDINBURGH A FEW weeks ago, working at the International Book Festival, and I was called on by my ABC colleagues to report on what […]

On writing, editing and vodka shots

The first in a two-part email conversation between author Ramona Koval and senior editor David Winter about writing, editing and the benefits of an occasional shot of vodka. David Winter: Hi, Ramona. Well, here we are two weeks from printing Bloodhound. We’re down to the last corrections to the proofs. Once it’s all ready, we’ll […]

On the death of Malcolm Fraser, Australia’s 22nd Prime Minister.

Today Malcolm Fraser died at the age of eighty-four. I interviewed him only once, on the occasion of the publication of his political memoire co-authored by my colleague at the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne, Dr Margaret Simons. Here’s a transcript of our conversation from 09/04/2010. *** Malcolm Fraser has had […]

What do scientists have on their bookshelves? Reading on Vocation @ The Wheeler Centre

I’m currently putting the finishing touches to my new book Bloodhound: searching for my father  (Text) to be published on May 1st, so I haven’t been able to blog much. But here’s a blast from the recent past – In this instalment of Reading on Vocation, I introduce the reading habits and histories of three noted scientists […]