Arnold Zable is an acclaimed Australian writer, novelist, and human rights activist. His books include Jewels and Ashes, Café Scheherazade, Scraps of Heaven, Sea of Many Returns, The Fig Tree, Violin Lessons, The Fighter, and most recently, The Watermill.
He has written numerous stories, features, essays, columns, and works for theatre, and has lectured on the art of story throughout Australia and internationally. He has performed as a storyteller, both solo and with musicians. His shows include Anytime the Wind Can Change, Journeys to Ithaca, The Fig Tree, The Power of Story, and Wanderers and Dreamers: Tales of Yiddish Theatre in Australia.
Zable has conducted numerous workshops for refugees, bushfire survivors, the deaf, the homeless, problem gamblers, and other groups focusing on story as a means of self-understanding. He is an ambassador of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, immediate past president of PEN International Melbourne, and has a doctorate from the School of Creative Arts, Melbourne University. His awards include the 2013 Voltaire Prize, the 2017 Australia Council fellowship for literature, and the 2021 Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature