Dunedin Athenaeum & Mechanics Institute

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First 2018 selection for Athenaeum Book Club - 22nd Nov 2017

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

In Conversation with Fiona Farrell - 20th Aug 2017

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.


Lunchtime reading: The Birds and the Bees - 23rd May 2017

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 also a successful poet had many people commetting afterwards how poetic her prose is and Barbara had us experiencing flashbacks of how unfair things were for women back in the good old days.  They both provided us plenty of food for thought.

Songwriters Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival 2017 - 18th May 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 I got chills along my spine as the whole library vibrated with great music. 

Rising Stars Event - Lunchtime reading 11 May 2017 - 17th 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 room as the poets read and afterwards everyone was elated by the high standard of what they had been lucky enough to hear.

Chain Reaction Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival Wednesday 10 May 2017 - 16th 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 novel Through the Lonesome Dark, Victor Billot's poetry Ambient Terror, Huberta Hellendoorn's memoir Astride a Fierce Wind and John Gibb's poetry collection Walking by a River of Light.

All the readings were very well received by the large gathering.

Successful Art Trail - 13th Nov 2016

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 day.

Dunedin City Art Trail - 26th Oct 2016

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 artists are:
Janet de Wagt - www.janetdewagt.com
Claire Beynon - www.clairebeynon.com
Savoie de Lacy - www.savoiedelacy.com
Pat and David Corballis - www.corballis-art.co.nz
Robert Piggott - www.robpiggott.com
Tony Williams - twgold.co.nz
James Bellaney - www.facebook.com/jamesbellaneyartist.page
Victoria McIntosh - www.victoriamcintosh.co.nz
John Z Robinson - www.moraygallery.co.nz/artists/john-z-robinson
Potters Co-Op - www.facebook.com/Stuart-Street-Potters-Co-operative-205694716119178

The attached image is called Graduation Day and is by Robert Piggott from his most recent exhibition

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