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Reading on Vocation: Musicians


Throughout the year, in collaboration with Radio National’s The Book Show with Ramona Koval, we’ve delved into the reading habits of professions ranging from lawyers to nuns. As part of our November spotlight on Words and Music, Reading on Vocation shifts its gaze to the literary influences of Melbourne’s musicians.


Ali McGregor

Ali McGregor is an opera and cabaret singer currently hosting the cult favourite Ali McGregor’s Late-Nite Variety-Nite Night at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Ramona Koval

Ramona Koval is a writer who has worked as a journalist and broadcaster. Her most recent books are A Letter to Layla: Travels to our Deep Past and Near Future, Bloodhound: Searching For My Father, and By the Book: A Reader’s Guide to Life (all published by Text). She was the editor of two volumes ... Read more

Richard Gill

Richard Gill is an internationally respected music educator and conductor. He has been artistic director of OzOpera, artistic director and chief conductor of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the adviser for the Musica Viva in Schools program. He is currently music director of Victorian Opera. Ric... Read more

Shane Howard

Shane Howard is the singer/songwriter behind Australian classic like “Solid Rock” and “Let the Franklin Flow”. Shane Howard is known for the 1982 anthemic song “Solid Rock” which he recorded with his band Goanna. He also has 11 solo albums to his name. He’s a founding member of the Bla... Read more


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