Portrait of Arnold Zable

Arnold Zable

Arnold Zable is a writer, novelist and human rights advocate, and one of Australia’s most-loved storytellers.

His award-winning books include Jewels and Ashes, The Fig Tree, and three novels, Café Scheherazade, Scraps of Heaven, and Sea of Many Returns. His most recent book is Violin Lessons. He is the author of numerous columns, stories and essays, and co-author of the play Kan Yama Kan in which asylum seekers tell their stories.

Zable has lectured and run workshops on creative writing and human rights issues throughout Australia. He is president of the Melbourne Centre of International PEN and has a doctorate from the School of Creative Arts, Melbourne University where he was recently appointed a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow.

Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Zable has travelled and lived in the USA, India, Papua New Guinea, Europe, Southeast Asia and China, and lives in Melbourne with his wife and son.