Event Details


On Sunday 19 May 2024 from 11.30am to 12.30pm, the Singaporean artist Shubigi Rao will be joining a panel discussion covering the topic of the global rise of book bans, alongside authors Viet Thanh Nguyen and Lauren Groff, and journalist Adam Dudding. Programmed as part of the Auckland Writers Festival 2024, the event will take place in the Hunua Room at the Aotea Centre.

The focus of Rao's artistic research over the past few years has been on the concept of book as a container of knowledge and the role of libraries. The choice of discussing book bans stems from the recent rise of literary censorship – in 2023 almost 2000 books were targeted for banning in America alone.

More information about the panel discussion is available on Te Tuhi's website.

To book tickets through the Auckland Writers Festival website click here.

This event, hosted by the Auckland Writers Festival, coincides with Shubigi Rao's exhibition, Pulp III: A Short Biography of the Banished Book, presented by Te Tuhi from 18 April to 1 June 2024 at Te Wai Ngutu Kākā Gallery. Rao's latest book, Pulp III: An Intimate Inventory of the Banished Book, features as an artwork in the context of the exhibition.


  • Book tickets through Auckland Writers Festival


  • Sun 19 May


  • 11:30 am — 12:30 pm


  • Hunua Room, Aotea Centre
  • 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland CBD, Auckland 101