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Month: May 2017

Lunchtime reading: The Birds and the Bees

As part of the Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival the Athenaeum hosted readings by two finalists in 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.  Barbara Brookes who actually won the Illustrated Non-Fiction category with A History of New Zealand Women and Emma Neale who missed out in the fiction category for Bill Bird.  Emma who is… Read More

Songwriters Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival 2017

The Athenaeum hosted an incredible event.  Three Dunedin songwriters performed and discussed their writing processes.  Dunedin It Girl Nadia Reid, Karl Bray and mystery guest Bianca Prujean. The Athenaeum library space has lofty ceilings to store plenty of books but as a wonderful bonus the space has great sound quality.  Sitting at the back at the librarians desk… Read More

Rising Stars Event – Lunchtime reading 11 May 2017

The Athenaeum held a lovely lunchtime reading of five young poets as part of the Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival.  Otago Access Radio is doing a series called Profile of 20 Young Poets and the Youth Co-ordinator Domi Angelo-Laloli organised for some of them to give a public reading.  There was a hush in the… Read More

Chain Reaction Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival Wednesday 10 May 2017

The Athenaeum was the venue for another success group book launch or ‘Chain Reaction’. There was Peter Olds’ with his new poetry collection Taking My Jacket for a Walk, Paddy Richardson’s novelThrough the Lonesome Dark, Victor Billot’s poetry Ambient Terror, Huberta Hellendoorn’s memoir Astride a Fierce Wind and John Gibb’s poetry collectionWalking by a River… Read More

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