Welcome to the London Literary Salon

The London Literary Salon creates community around the study of great literature.
The Salon offers unique and inclusive discussion-based studies of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama—weaving the ideas of participants with questions the books raise about what it is to be human.
Carefully facilitated, each study is dynamic and expansive in scope. Studies range from one-meeting intensives to six-month odysseys.
See our current offerings below.

Upcoming Salons

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Course NameLocationDurationDateTime
The English Patient by Michael OndaatjeHygge Pygge Cafe, Camden TownFour weeks23 Jan - 13 Feb 2019Monday: 13:30 or Wed. 7:30-9:30 PM
Beckett Seminar with Paul O’HanrahanCamden TownThree hours27 Jan 2019Sunday 2:30-5:30 PM
Ulysses by James Joyce 2019Kentish Town20 weeks15 Jan - 11 June 2019Tuesdays 12-2 PM or 8-10:00 PM
Homer's IliadHygge Pygge Cafe, Camden TownSix weeks09 Jan - 13 Feb 2019Wednesdays 7:30-9:30 PM
Homer's Odyssey in GreeceIsland of Agistri, Rosy's Little VillageOne week with two prep meetings1-8 May 2019
Lit Salon Book Club: Flights, by Olga TokarczukSouth London, West NorwoodOngoing monthly study06 January 2019Sundays 6:30-8:30 PM
Great Ideas, Great Books—New SectionMaryleboneMonthly studyStarting 22 January 2019Tuesdays 6:00-8:30PM
St Ives Lighthouse Intensive studySt Ives CornwallOne weekend with two hour prepWeekend May 17th-19th & May 12thAll day

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August 2018 reflections

Posted on 10 Aug 2018
August Reflections 2018 In the midst of summer’s heat, thoughts soften and grow fluid. One of the gifts of these long, slower days is mind-wandering time. Swimming thoughts seep into all parts of my day and connections—between people, the land, words—happen with greater ease. I think

On The Golden Booker prize– CNJ by Toby

Posted on 31 Jul 2018
FOR two hours, I was entranced: literary greats introduced their choice of the best of the Bookers—with the shortlisted books brought to life by actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Fiona Shaw, Geoffrey Streatfeild and Meera Syal. And this celebration of narrative form reaches beyond literature n

On Reading from new facilitator Basil Lawrence

Posted on 30 Jul 2018
On Reading        from Basil Lawrence, Salon facilitator   I arrange my shelves by publication date in an attempt to understand how each book relates to its neighbours. The spines remind me that Moby Dick, Bleak House and Madame Bovary appeared in that order in the 1850s. That Th

Community events

Born to be Wilde By Marcy Kahan– BBC R4 play

Posted on 07 Dec 2018
Our multitalented Marcy does it again!!! BORN TO BE WILDE: THE WARHOL YEARS by Marcy Kahan BBC R4: Monday 17th December @ 14:15 p.m. Available for 30 days after broadcast on R4 website, BBC Radio iPlayer app and new BBC Sounds radio app. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0001mng The y

Bridport Prize winner– Salonsita Megan Davis

Posted on 07 Dec 2018
Congratulations to Megan Davis! Her novel, The Messenger  has taken first place in The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel! Read an extract of ‘The Messenger’ here. Megan Davis was born in the lead smelting town of Port Pirie, South Australia and grew up in minin

Keats Library: In Byron’s Wake book talk 13.9.18

Posted on 31 Jul 2018
Thurs Sept 13th 7.30pm Keats Community Library 10 Keats Grove NW3 2RR Miranda Seymour will discuss her new book In Byron’s Wake about the careers of Bryon’s widow and daughter,  Books  will be available for signing. Tickets £10 from the library on 0207 431 1266. We are in