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Category: Writers & Readers Festival

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

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

Writers & Readers Festival Poetry Slam

On Saturday the library was heaving with young people all enjoying the theatre of live performance poetry. Brave young poets bared their souls to a supportive audience and by the end of the night it was hard to tell which group was more elated by the experience.

Chain Reaction Book Launch at The Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival 2014

The Athenaeum Library was the venue for Chain Reaction a book launch for five Otago authors.  New works by Vincent O’Sullivan, Owen Marshall, Paddy Richardson, Breton Dukes and Kay McKenzie Cooke were featured as well as short speech from David Eggleton in his role as editor of Landfall.  The event was hosted by the University… Read More

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