There is always a story to be found at the water’s edge or floating in its current, if we know how to look. Bob Harvey and Gregory O’Brien are both storyfinders and storytellers, and the sea is a strong presence in their latest books. They cast off in conversation with Elisabeth Vaneveld on a journey through place, people and the connecting power of stories.
Sir Robert (Bob) Harvey KNZM QSO was responsible for delivering a world-class waterfront for Auckland city. He was Mayor of Waitakere City 1992–2010 and has served on a multitude of boards as Chairman, including the NZ Film Commission and The Spark Foundation. Currently he is the Chair BNZ West and Vice President of Mayors for Peace. In 1997 he was the recipient of the UN Peace Award and in 2007 the UN Life Time Achievement Environment Award. Bob has also written six books on the west Auckland landscape. In 2017 he won an international prize for his poetry.
Gregory O'Brien is a Wellington-based poet, essayist and painter. As well as producing numerous non-fiction titles and collections of poetry, most recently Whale Years (2015), he was a participant in the Kermadec Initiative art project, an experience which lies at the heart of his new book-length essay/memoir, Always Song in the Water.
Elisabeth Vaneveld MNZM Over a long arts career, Elisabeth has led organisations, designed programmes, devised productions, managed tours, organised festivals, pioneered projects, developed partnerships, built networks and activated change. Her projects include The Big Idea, ART Venture and Hauraki Gulf Watershed. She is currently Director: Creative Entrepreneurship at The University of Auckland
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