Arnold Zable is an acclaimed Australian writer, novelist, storyteller, and human rights advocate. His books include Jewels and Ashes, The Fig Tree, Café Scheherazade, Scraps of Heaven, Sea of Many Returns, Violin Lessons, and most recently, The Fighter. His work-in-progress, Refugium, was published in Italy in January. He is the author of numerous essays, columns, features and stories, works for theatre, and is co-author of Kan Yama Kan, a play in which asylum seekers tell their stories. Zable has worked in many community and cross-cultural projects, and conducted workshops for asylum seekers, refugees, immigrants, the homeless, the deaf, problem gamblers, aged care residents, and survivors of the Black Saturday bushfires, using story as a means of self-understanding. In recent years, he has conducted annual workshops for Cambodian writers. He has a doctorate from the School of Creative Arts, Melbourne University, and has been a guest lecturer, and writer in residence, internationally and in a range of Australian Universities. He is a past president of PEN Melbourne, an ambassador of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, a patron of Sanctuary, and has been a research fellow at the Melbourne Refugees studies program. In 2013 he was awarded the Voltaire prize for human rights advocacy and the advancement of freedom of expression.