Patron and Ambassador-at-large

Arnold Zable Patron of PEN Melbourne


Arnold Zable is an acclaimed writer, novelist and human rights advocate. His books include ‘Jewels and Ashes’, ‘The Fig Tree’, ‘Cafe Scheherazade’, ‘Scraps of Heaven’, ‘Sea of Many Returns’ and ‘Violin Lessons’. He is the author of numerous essays, columns, features and co-author to Kan Yama Kan, a play in which asylum seekers tell their stories. Long active in the Melbourne Centre of PEN International, and on a range of social justice issues, Arnold is an ambassador of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, a patron of Sanctuary, and recently received the Voltaire prize for human rights advocacy and the advancement of freedom of expression. 


Sami Shah Ambassador-at-large


 Sami Shah
Sami Shah

Sami Shah is a multi-award winning writer, comedian, and broadcaster. He’s been profiled in the New York Times, ABC’s The Australian Story, BBC Radio 4, NPR, and appeared on QI with Stephen Fry, and The Project. His autobiography, “I, MIGRANT” (Allen & Unwin) has been nominated for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award, WA Premier’s Literary Award, and the Russell Prize for Humour Writing. His first novel “FIRE BOY”(Fantastica) was released in 2016, with its sequel “EARTH BOY” in 2017. It is now available in South Asia as “BOY OF FIRE AND EARTH” (Picador). His latest non-fiction book is “THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF AUSTRALIA”. He has also published multiple short stories, essays, and columns for national and international newspapers and magazines, short stories for anthologies, and documentaries for radio. Sami is currently based in Melbourne, Australia and is co-presenter of ABC Radio Melbourne Breakfast.

Sami Shah’s free speech investigation Shutup is available as a series of ABC podcasts:

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