Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

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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

An Evening with Holmes at the Athenaeum Library

Our Evening with Holmes on the 6th of October was a great success with a good turn out to hear Barry Dorking read The Mystery of the White Stick.  Everyone agreed that it was incredibly soothing to be read to and they hope for more events like this – so watch this space we are… Read More

An Evening with Holmes at the Athenaeum Library

The Dunedin Athenaeum invites you to an evening of conviviality with a reading by the eminent Dunedin thespian Mr Barry Dorking from Dr Edwin Nye’s tale of intrigue and investigation by the legendary detective Mr Sherlock Holmes in the story of the “Mystery of the White stick”. Followed by refreshments 7pm on Thursday 6 October,… Read More

We are now on Facebook

We are excited to have a page up and running on Facebook.  Look for us under groups as Dunedin Athenaeum & Mechanics Institute you can like us or even become a member. See you in cyberspace!

After function for unveiling of Dan Davin plaque in the Octagon

The Dunedin Readers and Writers festival had a stunning run of warm sunny days and this was especially welcome for the outdoor unveiling of the Dan Davin plaque in the Octagon writers walk.  The plaque is placed by the famous statue of Robbie Burns for those of you wanting to go check it out. People… Read More

Library Open Day Saturday 2 May 2015

The Athenaeum Library held an open day on Saturday 2nd of May to encourage new members and as an early kick off for the Writers and Readers Festival. Jim Sullivan came in and gave an informative and amusing talk about the early years of the Athenaeum in Dunedin.  As self deprecating as ever Jim was pleased… Read More

Why Was There A Shark in the Library?

Normally the Athenaeum is closed in the week-ends but by a strange coincidence our open day overlapped with the 24 hour film challenge and one team took advantage of our opening to shot some scenes in the library and for some reason a shark was member of the cast! The completed short film will available… Read More

Dunedin confirmed as an International City of Literature

We are thrilled that Dunedin has been recognized as an International City of Literature.  Annie Villiers the Chairperson of the Athenaeum is also a member of the committee that organised the wining bid. Annie has kindly agreed to be interviewed on the Athenaeum’s radio show Wireless Books on Otago Access Radio 105.4 FM giving an… Read More

Wireless Books on Otago Access Radio 105.4 FM

The library is doing a radio show called Wireless Books.  For half an hour once a fortnight we talk about the history of the Athenaeum Library and Dunedin in general; chat about books and also review the latest books added to the libraries collection. It plays on Otago Access Radio at noon every second Saturday but… Read More

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