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Ramona Koval Ramona Koval i(A17887 works by) (a.k.a. Rivka Hill)
Born: Established: 1954 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Female
Heritage: Jewish
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Koval's parents were Jewish refugees from Poland, arriving in Australia in 1949. Koval was educated in Melbourne and has worked as a freelance writer and journalist. She has become well-known as producer and presenter of Books and Writing and has co-presented Australia Talks Books on ABC Radio National. From 2006 to 2011, Koval presented The Book Show, a daily weekday programme also on ABC Radio National. She gave the 13th Annual Manning Clark Lecture at the National Library of Australia, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, 7 March 2012.

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y separately published work icon A Letter to Layla : Travels to Our Deep Past and Near Future Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2020 20326372 2020 single work prose

'How might the origins of our species inform the way we think about our planet? At a point of unparalleled crisis, can human ingenuity save us from ourselves?

'Much-loved writer Ramona Koval travels the globe in a quest for answers, and encounters the unexpected. She talks to an eminent paleo-archaeologist over a two-million-year-old skull in the Republic of Georgia, meets the next generation of robots in Berlin, attends a festival against death in California and explores an ice-age cave in southern France, speaking with the world’s leading authority on cave art.

'Between these and other adventures she returns to her ever-engaging granddaughter Layla, whose development in infancy spurs Koval to find out what makes us human, what separates us from the other apes.

'Full of revealing exchanges with scientists and writers whose knowledge of the past and visions for the future could hold the key to our next evolution, A Letter to Layla will surprise and delight in equal measure.' (Publication summary)

2021 winner 'The Nib': CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature Mark and Evette Moran Nib Award for Literature The Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize
2021 shortlisted Mark and Evette Moran Nib Award for Literature
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