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Arnold Zable on storytelling, healing and human rights

In a powerful video conversation, esteemed writer and advocate Arnold Zable talks to Kim Rubenstein about how he finds inspiration in travel, memory and the power of story to heal.
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Published: 24 April 2024

Last updated: 24 April 2024

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Kim Rubenstein is a Professor in the Faculty of Business Government and Law at the University of Canberra. She is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia. For more about Kim’s work see: www.kimrubenstein.com.au. Arnold Zable is an acclaimed writer, novelist, storyteller, and human rights activist, and the recipient of the 2021 Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. 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.


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