Arnold Zable is an award-winning Australian writer, novelist, 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. Widely travelled, he is also the author of numerous stories, essays, columns, features and works for theatre. He has a doctorate in creative arts, and has been a Vice-chancellors fellow at The University of Melbourne, and a lecturer and writer-in-residence, both internationally and in a range of Australian Universities. His awards include the Voltaire Prize for Freedom of Expression, and, most recently, the 2017 Australia Council Fellowship for Literature. He has conducted writing workshops throughout Australia and overseas, and is acclaimed as a mentor and teacher of creative writing.