Arad fled his country in August 2012 after being imprisoned and persecuted for writing about and advocating for his minority group, Ahwazi Arabic in Iran.
He came to Australia by boat and spent 15 months in detention before being released into the community, initially in Victoria. Arad has been living in Perth for the past few years.
He is currently working on a collection of short stories about his and others experience of seeking asylum and being a refugee in Australia. Many people describe his writing as “deeply moving.”