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Fresh new layout for the Athenaeum

We have been busy removing shelves and putting them against the walls to open the space up.  It is looking fantastic (if I do say so myself) even though we are still part way through replacing the books.  This is all part of a grand scheme – more of which later…

A new look Website

You may have noticed that the website is looking very different. We have updated it for a more elegant (we think) look. Let us know what you think.

First 2018 selection for Athenaeum Book Club

The first books for 2018 are Chappy by Patricia Grace, The Bone People by Keri Hulme and Drawn Out by Tom Scott. The first ABC meeting for 2018 will be on March the 8th – so see you there.

In Conversation with Fiona Farrell

The event In Conversation with Fiona Farrell was a great success and for those of you who missed out click on the You Tube NZ link. https://youtu.be/oTVDMYBfMOs

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

Successful Art Trail

The use of the Athenaeum Library’s rooms as a pit stop for the people doing the Labour Party’s Art Trail (afterall we can not live on art alone!) was a great success. Jackie kindly volunteered her Sunday to attend and sign up new members and here are some of the photos she took of the… Read More

Dunedin City Art Trail

On Sunday 13 November 2016 from 10.30am to 4pm the New Zealand Labour Party is holding an art trail around the city and the Athenaeum will be the refreshment venue for hords of thirsty art lovers. Tickets are $20.00 each and to purchase tickets, call Islay: (03) 473 0278 or email her at:islaylittle@gmail.com This years featured… Read More

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