Playwright, author, artist and actor Barry Dickins will join the growing list of speakers who have delivered the library's Marcus Clarke Lecture.
Barry's lecture will explore the changing face of Melbourne's suburbs including Reservoir, Ruthven, Preston and Coburg. These suburbs were at the heart of the 1950s aspirations to own a house and a car. They saw a huge migrant influx, before going through a slump in the 1970s. These suburbs are once again on a trajectory that is culturally rich, diverse and creative.
Library members will also have the chance to view some of Barry's artworks, which will be on display.
The Melbourne Athenaeum Marcus Clarke Lecture was launched in 2015. The lectures are designed to generate conversations about Melbourne's past, present and future.