Arnold Zable is a highly acclaimed novelist, storyteller, educator and human rights advocate. Formerly a lecturer in the Arts Faculty in Melbourne University, Arnold has worked in the USA, Papua New Guinea, China, and many parts of Europe and Asia. Arnold is a patron of Sanctuary, the Eastweb Foundation and the Victorian Storytellers Guild, a former member of the Immigration Museum Advisory Committee, and former President of International PEN Melbourne.
He has conducted writing workshops throughout Australia, and worked with refugees, immigrants, the homeless, the profoundly deaf, Black Saturday bushfire survivors, problem gamblers and other groups, using writing as a means of self-understanding and healing. His books include Jewels and Ashes, The Fig Tree, Café Scheherazade, Scraps of Heaven, Sea of Many Returns and Violin Lessons. He lives in Melbourne.