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 The Fighter. His new book The Watermill will be published in March, 2020. He is the author of numerous essays, columns, stories, works for theatre, and co-author of Kan Yama Kan, a play in which asylum seekers tell their stories. He has a doctorate from the School of Creative Arts, Melbourne University, and has been a guest lecturer and writer-in-residence at universities both internationally and throughout Australia. He is immediate past president of PEN International’s Melbourne Centre, an ambassador of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, a patron of Sanctuary, and recently completed a term as Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at Melbourne University. His awards include the Voltaire prize for human rights advocacy and the 2017 Australia Council Fellowship for literature. Arnold has known Behrouz Boochani since 2014—as a fellow writer, journalist, activist, collaborator and above all as a dear friend. Recently, Arnold and Behrouz have conducted an online dialogue, excerpts of which have been published in The Melbourne Age, Sydney Morning Herald, the Canberra Times, and The National Gallery of Victoria. He is thrilled to be here, in person, with Behrouz, in Christchurch, where he was a guest at the 2008 Christchurch Writers’ Festival.