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
Proust in France Illiers FranceWeekend (Friday- Sunday)April 26-28 2019All day
Spontaneous PhilosophyRudolf Steiner House, MaryleboneMonthly no-prep studyNext meeting 23 AprilTuesdays 6:00-8:30 PM
Moby Dick by Herman Melville Kentish TownEight weeks13 MAY - 8 JULY 2019Mondays 13:30-15:30 PM
Homer's Odyssey in GreeceIsland of Agistri, Rosy's Little VillageOne week with two prep meetings1-8 May 2019
Lit Salon Book Club: Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me GoSouth London, West NorwoodOngoing monthly study28 April 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--3.7.197-9 PM
Beloved Salon Intensive FULLKentish TownFour hours: One meeting24 April 20196-10 PM
Sodom and Gomorrah by Proust Pt. 1Kentish TownSix Weeks 23 May-4 JulyThursday afternoons

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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

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

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