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The late Helen Dunmore talks with me and Jim Crace on The Writing Life.

English novelist and poet Helen Dunmore has died aged 64. I only met her once for this conversation at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2004. With Birmingham writer Jim Crace  we spoke of their different routines and talismans and attitudes to the blank page in the solitary space of the writer’s room. And rereading […]

Interview: French Writer Marie Darrieussecq

Today I was reminded of this interview with Marie Darrieussecq about her novel Tom is Dead. She is a guest at the forthcoming Sydney Writers  Festival. So following the previous blog post on writing in dark territory, here is another in a similar vein – writing about the death of a child. Here’s a link […]

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

Here is a video recording of the excellent conversation I moderated with writers Helen Garner and Anne Manne. 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 discuss why […]

Talking Tolstoy with Jay Parini.

On the road with my Bloodhound, it’s hard to think of anything else. Apart from trying to work out what my next book might be about. Time then to revisit a conversation that’s from my ABC Radio National Book Show from 11th October 2007. What fun. Ramona Koval: Jay Parini’s book The Last Station: A […]

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 […]