Ramona Koval spent 5 years as the presenter of ABC Radio National’s much-loved Book Show. She hasn’t only interviewed authors though – throughout her 30 year-long broadcasting career, she has written and released many books of her own.
A life in the media and arts hadn’t always been Ramona’s calling. Few people know, but she started her professional life as a microbiologist.
Ramona delivered the 2012 Manning Clark lecture, and when I spoke to her in the lead up to it, I asked how she came to swap the lab for a studio. I also talked to her about her writing, her particularly fraught interview with American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis, and her then-upcoming lecture entitled Fire and Ice: on slow reading, being serious and following your nose.
Listen to Ramona’s 2012 Manning Clark lecture on the ABC RN website.
Interview broadcasted on ArtSound FM.
Interview date: 29 February 2012.