Arnold Zable is an acclaimed Australian writer, novelist, storyteller and human rights advocate. His books include Jewels and Ashes, Cafe Scheherazade, The Fig Tree, Scraps of Heaven, Sea of Many Returns, Violin Lessons, and The Fighter. He has published numerous features, essays, and stories in a range of journals and anthologies, and writes an occasional column in The Fairfax press titled, ‘Philoxenia’ Friend of the Stranger. Zable has a doctorate from the School of Creative Arts, Melbourne University, and has been a guest lecturer, and writer-in-residence, both internationally and in Australian Universities. He has conducted numerous workshops throughout Australia, and workshops for refugees, immigrants, the homeless, the deaf, survivors of bushfires, among other groups, using story as a means of self-understanding. In recent years, he conducted annual workshops for Cambodian writers. His awards include the Voltaire Prize and, most recently, the Australia Council Fellowship for Literature.