As part of the recent Banned Books Week, an international event celebrating the freedom to read, Auckland Libraries hosted Ted Dawe, author of Into the River, to speak about his experiences following the recent decision to place an interim restriction on the book.
In August 2015, the Classification Office changed the book’s restriction from R14 to unclassified. An interim restriction order was placed on the book in September. Auckland Libraries submitted to the classification board in support of Into The River, on the basis that the work should be unrestricted.
On 14 October the Film and Literature Classification Board of Review moved to lift the restriction on the novel.
Find out more about the restriction and the process by listening to this podcast from Ted Dawe’s talk at the Central Library on Wednesday 30 September.