Festival Program

Highlight Event

Melbourne Masterclass: Arnold Zable

Sat 7 Sep, 6.30pm

In each Melbourne Masterclass session, an expert host will give their take on a chosen book, drawing out key themes and ideas. Then, the author themselves will join the host for a conversation and audience Q&A.

A ‘profound meditation on displacement, nostalgia, and exile’, Arnold Zable’s Sea of Many Returns plots an Odyssey-like narrative that spans generations. Arts academic Sara Wills will examine the work’s enduring themes before exploring them further with the writer.

All hosts and authors included in this series are either alumni or current academic staff of the Faculty of Arts.

Presented in partnership with the Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne

Update to previously advertised information: this session now takes place in the Macmahon Ball Theatre, Old Arts Building at The University of Melbourne.


1 hour 15 minutes

Available on Pass



Session Artists

Sara Wills is associate dean of engagement and advancement in the Faculty of Arts, deputy director of the Melbourne Social Equity Institute and head of the Executive Master of Arts Program at The University of Melbourne. A historian, Sara’s research interests include migration studies and histories of environmental thinking.

Arnold Zable is a novelist, storyteller and human rights advocate. His books include Jewels and Ashes, Café Scheherazade, Scraps of Heaven, Sea of Many Returns, The Fig Tree, Violin Lessons, and The Fighter. He has written numerous essays, stories, columns and features, and lectures widely on the art of story.

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