Auckland Council Libraries: Libraries in conversation: Grow Auckland

Libraries in conversation: Grow Auckland

Watch a creative collision with Auckland writers and creators Amy McDaid, Bobby Hung, Ghazaleh Golbakhsh and Lil O'Brien as we discuss growing up in Auckland and growing to love (or not) Auckland.

About the speakers Authors and book covers featured in Libraries in Convo event.

Amy McDaid 

Amy McDaid has a Master of Creative Writing from The University of Auckland and is a neonatal intensive care nurse. Her debut novel Fake Baby won the Sir James Wallace Prize, and was longlisted for the Ockham NZ Book Awards in 2021. 

Berst (Bobby Hung) 

Dr Bobby Hung is a graffiti artist known under the name Berst. He has painted graffiti for 15 years and is involved in a range of community centred projects with youth and visual arts education in the tertiary sector. His creative practice involves the production of large scale aerosol artworks in public spaces while also intersecting with a range of studio practices. 

Ghazaleh Golbakhsh 

Ghazaleh Golbakhsh is an Iranian-NZ writer, award-winning filmmaker, actor and Fulbright Scholar. She made the documentary This is Us which centred on Muslim New Zealanders for RNZ and NZ on Air. She plays detective Roshan Namal on the long running TV show Shortland Street. 

Lil O'Brien 

Lil O'Brien is an ex-advertising creative turned freelance copywriter who lives in Auckland. She's written for a number of publications about queer topics and more and spent two years telling her coming out story as part of Rainbow Youth's high school education programme, which inspired her to write her memoir, Not that I'd kiss a Girl.