CANCELLED - In conversation with Arnold Zable

In light of the University's recent announcement to cancel all public events from 16 March - 20 June 2020, this Meet the Author event has been postponed. For more information, visit:

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Arnold Zable will be in conversation with Dr Kate Ogg on Arnold's new book The Watermill, a quartet of true stories about humanity's indestructible desire to survive. Examining displacement, survival and resistance, this book spans the globe, telling tales of people from remote provinces in China and Cambodia to pre- and post-war Yiddish Poland, Kurdish Iraq and Iran, and Indigenous and present-day Melbourne

Arnold Zable's book depicts the search for belonging, tracing ebbs and flows of trauma and healing, memory and forgetting, the ancient and the contemporary.

Dr Arnold Zable is a highly acclaimed novelist, storyteller and human rights advocate. His works include Cafe Scheherazade, Scraps of Heaven, Violin Lessons and The Fighter, which was shortlisted for a Victorian Premier's Literary Award and a New South Wales Premier's Literary Award.

'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

Dr Kate Ogg, Senior Lecturer in the College of Law ANU, undertakes interdisciplinary research in the areas of refugee law, human rights, litigation, access to justice and feminist legal theory. Through her research, Kate has been a strong public policy advocate for those in the community experiencing social and political marginalisation, particularly refugees.

The vote of thanks will be given by Professor Kim Rubenstein started as Co-Director of the 50/50by 2030 Foundation at the University of Canberra in February 2020, following 14 years at the ANU where she had been the Inaugural Convenor of the ANU gender institute and Director Of the Centre for International and Public law. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.

Pre-event book signings will be available from 5:30pm and again after the event. This event is in association with Harry Hartog Bookshop and books will be available to purchase.