Censored! A brief history of banned books
- Date: Thursday, 27 September, 2018
5:30pm to 7:00pm talks, 7:00pm to 7:30pm refreshments
Free. Booking is not required.
Katherine Mansfield Reading Room level 1), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon
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Celebrate banned book week
To mark Banned Books Week (23–29 September), Fiona Oliver, Curator NZ and Pacific Publications, Anthony Tedeschi, Curator Rare Books and Fine Printing, and Mary Skarott, Research Librarian Children’s Literature, will present a good-humoured survey of some of the controversial and banned publications from the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library and the National Children’s Collection.
Subversion and control of published material in NZ
Offering a glimpse into the earliest censored publication (1493), select material from the Library of the Chief Censor, as well as ‘controversial’ children’s literature, our presenters will read excerpts and illuminate ideas relating to the subversion and control of published material in New Zealand.
Changing nature of censorship in NZ
Material collected by and donated to the Alexander Turnbull Library and National Children’s Collections illustrate the changing nature of censorship in New Zealand and the shifting themes and ideas which the public have considered objectionable and unfit for distribution.
Our speakers will consider those changes in light of a range of collection objects from these significant National Library collections.
Join us for refreshments after the event.
About the speakers
Anthony Tedeschi is Curator Rare Books & Fine Printing at the Alexander Turnbull Library. He is a council member for the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand, and has published on various aspects of book history.
Mary Skarott is the Research Librarian Children’s Literature at the Alexander Turnbull Library. She has worked extensively with the National Library’s children’s collections and is a committee member for the Friends of the Dorothy Neal White Collection.