The Committee, lead by Treasurer Kevin Quigley, has undertaken a revision of the rules which govern the operation of the Melbourne Athenaeum, last revised and registered in 2007. Members will have an opportunity to raise any questions about these draft rules at the AGM, which will take place in the Library at 1pm on 17 April.

You can read an annotated version of these draft rules here.

You can view the current rules of the organisation here.

Melissa Reeves


Award-winning playwright Melissa Reeves was all set to take up her library residency in 2020 - until that was derailed by COVID-19. She has now commenced as our 2021 playwright-in-residence and Melissa has said it was incredible to work in such a beautiful space.

Melissa Reeves is a Melbourne Playwright. Her most recent play is ANTHEM, co-wriiten with Andrew Bovell, Patricia Cornelius and Christos Tsiolkas, composer-Irine Vela for the Arts Centre Melbourne, presented in the 2019 Melbourne Festival,and the 2020 Sydney and Perthe festivals.

Other plays include an adaptation of AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE for Belvoir St., CARAVAN, which premiered at the 2017 Melbourne Festival, co-written with Angus Cerini, Patricia Cornelius, and Wayne Macauley, HAPPY ENDING, FURIOUS MATTRESS, THE SPOOK – which premiered at Belvoir and was awarded the 2005 Louis Esson Prize for Drama in the Victorian Premiers Awards, and two AWGIES for best new play, SWEETOWN - awarded the Jill Blewitt Memorial Playwrights Award in 1993, IN CAHOOTS and ROAD MOVIE.

She has co-written a number of plays including MAGPIE, (with Richard Frankland) and WHO’S AFRAID OF THE WORKING CLASS and FEVER (both with Andrew Bovell, Patricia Cornelius and Christos Tsiolkas, composer-Irine Vela) – the former of which won best play in the Queensland Literary Awards, two AWGIES for best new play, and the Jill Blewitt Playwrights Award in 1999.