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Norman Swan

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With a career spanning over thirty years as a radio and television presenter, Norman Swan is a stalwart of the Australian media landscape. He’s presented ABC’s 7.30 and Four Corners and has been a frequent guest on The Drum and ABC Radio. More recently, Swan became a voice of truth and reason for thousands of Australians during the pandemic as the host of the ABC’s daily Coronacast podcast.

Over lunch at Montalto, Swan will discuss his career as a medical professional in the public eye, and his new book So You Think You Know What’s Good for You?. Bundling wellbeing and health tips, the book provides a practical and factual perspective, sans sensationalism.

Join one of Australia’s most trusted medical voices for a conversation about public health and communicating in a crisis. Hosted by Sally Warhaft.

Presented in partnership with Montalto

The bookseller for this event is Antipodes Bookshop and Gallery.


Portrait of Norman Swan

Norman Swan

Trained in paediatrics, Norman Swan was one of the first medically qualified journalists in Australia, with a broadcast career spanning more than 30 years. He currently hosts Radio National's The Health Report and co-hosts Coronacast. He also reports on 7.30 and is a guest reporter on Four Corners; appears on The Drum and is an occasional host of Radio National Breakfast.

Portrait of Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians' lives in the fog of the Covid-19 pandemic. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.

Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.

Books and Ideas at Montalto

You, a good book, a glass of wine, delicious food. Together as you were always meant to be. But with a wonderfully rich extra ingredient: a stimulating conversation with your favourite author.

From March to November, the literary meets the culinary at Books and Ideas at Montalto. Set in a stunning Red Hill winery on the Mornington Peninsula, join some of Australia’s most beloved writers for an intimate discussion about their work – served with excellent food and wine, as a languorous lunchtime tips into a relaxed afternoon.


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