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

(click on course name for more information)

Course NameLocationDurationDateTime
Flannery O'Connor Study & Documentary *FULL*TBA North LondonFour hours Salon IntensiveJuly 5th 20196:15-10:00 PM
Spontaneous PhilosophyRudolf Steiner House, MaryleboneMonthly no-prep studyNext meeting 21 MayTuesdays 6:00-8:30 PM
Moby Dick by Herman Melville Kentish TownNine weeks16.9- 25.11 2019Mondays 5-7 PM
Ulysses by James Joyce 2020 Eve Kentish Town22 weeks14 Jan - 23 June 2020Tuesdays 12-2 PM or 7:30-9:30 PM
Homer's Odyssey in GreeceIsland of Agistri, Rosy's Little VillageOne week with one prep meeting3rd-11th May 2020Week retreat
Lit Salon Book Club: Paul Auster's The Music of ChanceSouth London, West NorwoodOngoing monthly study26 May 2019Sundays 6:30-8:30 PM
Great Ideas, Great Books—New SectionMaryleboneMonthly studyStarting 22 January 2019Tuesdays 6:00-8:30 PM
St Ives Lighthouse Intensive study *STUDY FULL*St Ives CornwallOne weekend with two hour prepWeekend May 17th-19th & May 13thAll day
Proust In Search of...Vol. I Swann's Way Kentish TownEight weeks15.5.19--3.7.195-7 PM
Beloved Salon Intensive Kentish TownFour hours: One meeting8 July 20196-10 PM

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Proposed Salons from Toby– travelling retreats and weekly

Posted on 20 May 2019
  Late Summer- Fall 2019 thru Spring 2020 Having just returned from another magical St Ives weekend immersed in Virginia Woolf, I am inspired anew by the rare luxury of being in a beautiful place with a group of wonderful minds encountering a work of literature intensely together

Book Club Review Podcast interview with LLS founder Toby Brothers

Posted on 01 Feb 2019
  Book Club Review podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/close-up-the-literary-salon/id1215730246?i=1000427209844&mt=2 January 2019 If you would like to listen to a brief overview on the history of the Salon and reflections on the purpose of the Salon and book studies

Salon Feedback 2018

Posted on 18 Dec 2018
Salon Participants offer their reflections…. I will just say that, for me, the great thing about the salon is that it feels like a form of play…Over the years as a teacher, I sometimes felt that what was occurring in class was a kind of play, and when this happened it seem

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