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Celebrated author Arnold Zable returns to SJWF to discuss his latest book, The Watermill. The collection of four stories explores themes of past trauma, healing, displacement and belonging, with each tale set in a starkly different location, from the remote provinces of China to Indigenous Australia. Arnold will speak to Nicole Abadee about the journeys and people that inspired this moving piece of work.

‘I can think of no other writer who describes the aching heart of humanity with as much wisdom and compassion as Arnold Zable. The Watermill brings gentle light to some dark places. Whatever ails the human race, Zable is surely part of the solution.’ Michael McGirr

Arnold Zable

Arnold Zable is a highly acclaimed novelist, storyteller and human rights advocate. His works include Cafe Scheherazade, Jewels and Ashes, Sea of Many Returns, The Fig Tree, Scraps of Heaven, Violin Lessons and The Fighter, which was shortlisted for both a Victorian and NSW Premier’s Literary Award. His awards include the 2017 Australia Council Fellowship for Literature and the 2013 Voltaire Prize for freedom of expression.




Interviewer: Nicole Abadee

Following a twenty-year legal career, Nicole Abadee now writes about books for the Good Weekend and Australian Book Review, and appears regularly as a facilitator at writers’ festivals. Nicole is also a literary consultant, assisting writers to develop their manuscripts and advising them on how to get published. Her podcast Books, Books, Books, in which Nicole interviews Australian and international authors about their new releases, was launched during Covid.


When: 8-9 pm, Thursday 3rd September

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This event is part of the online Sydney Jewish Writers Festival, keeping you connected and entertained this August & September.

This year’s festival brings some of the best contemporary Jewish writing from around the world. Join us for an exploration of Jewish identity and global issues with authors from South Africa, Germany, the USA, and Australia.

   Click HERE to view the full program.


Purchase all books and have them delivered from our official bookseller, Gertrude & Alice / 9130 5155


For more information about this event, please contact Anna Stern anna@shalom.edu.au / 9381 4273

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