About The Facilitators

 

Toby Brothers

Director of the Paris and London Literary Salons

Toby Brothers (MA Education, Literature, Counseling Psychology) conceived of, developed and leads the Literary Salon in London and Paris.

Her experience includes teaching literary seminars in areas that range from creative writing to women’s literature and film, world religions and wisdom traditions, African American Literature to Shakespeare for adults, secondary and primary school students.

She has worked as a master teacher and a mentor teacher and has over 25 years of innovative teaching and seminar experience in France, the USA, Japan and beyond.

Her post-graduate studies include advanced degrees in education, literature and psychology and a broad expanse of humanities and world religions course work.

Mark Cwik

Mark Cwik has been leading discussions that introduce adults of all backgrounds to the world’s greatest books for over twenty years in Chicago, Toronto and London. He was trained as a discussion facilitator while at the Great Books Foundation in Chicago and has been a passionate advocate for lifelong liberal learning since attending St. John’s College, Santa Fe and the University of Chicago’s Basic Program in Liberal Education.

Mark offers Salon studies on works across the Western intellectual tradition, with special strength in texts from Classical Greece and Rome, and Biblical and religious texts. He is equally comfortable with classic and modern novels, short stories, drama, and works of political science, philosophy and natural science.

In addition to his work with the London Literary Salon, Mark leads seminars for Toronto-based Classical Pursuits, where he is also the Education Manager, and for OnlineGreatBooks.com.

He is also an accomplished woodworker and was for 15 years in Chicago a self-employed designer and maker of bespoke, contemporary furniture.

Marcy Kahan

Playwright Marcy Kahan was born in Montreal, educated at Oxford and in Paris and is now resident in London.

She is the author of the BBC screenplay, Antonia & Jane, a stage version of When Harry Met Sally [Haymarket Theatre] and over thirty original plays for BBC radio. Her R4 dramatisations include Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, Tolstoy’s War & Peace and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Recent credits include Ninety Minutes With Stanislavski [Radio 3, 2017]; the R4 romantic comedy series Lunch [BBC Audio Award – Best-Scripted Comedy 2015]; and Oscar Wilde: The Warhol Years [R4, 2018].

She has led workshops on writing at Birkbeck, RADA, the Actors Centre and the BBC. She is the Autumn Co-Ordinator of NYU in London’s Literary Club.

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I would recommend courses led by Toby to anyone who wants to look at a text in detail in a study group
I was certainly surprised at how much I was thrown off balance by these two astounding writers…I look forward to returning for more
We all came to the group with different backgrounds and interests but Mark has skillfully guided us through a stimulating programme of Greek literature.
I always leave the meetings with a much broader understanding of what we are reading than when I arrived
Everyone feels they get heard and therefore that each of us has a contribution to make
In all of the courses I have attended I have felt a bond within the group, and this contributes significantly to the quality of the discussions
Lovely, intimate groups with in-depth discussions, lots of learning, and friendships are made for life there
I’ve read things I’d never dared read before.  I’ve made new friends and met really interesting people.
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What’s coming up?

october 2019

15oct6:00 pmGreat Ideas, Great Books - October: Plato's Republic6:00 pm London Bridge, LondonType Of Study:PhilosophyFrequency:MonthlyDuration:Ongoing

18oct(oct 18)5:30 pmVirginia Woolf in St Ives: Between the Acts5:30 pm St Ives, CornwallType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Weekend

21oct12:00 pmPnin by Vladimir Nabokov * Date Change*12:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Three weeks

29oct6:00 pmSpontaneous Philosophy - October Meeting6:00 pm Marylebone, LondonType Of Study:PhilosophyFrequency:MonthlyDuration:Ongoing

29oct(oct 29)7:00 pmThe Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot7:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Four weeks

november 2019

29oct(oct 29)7:00 pmThe Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot(october 29) 7:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Four weeks

03nov6:30 pmThe Lit Salon Book Club - Americanah6:30 pm West Norwood, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:MonthlyDuration:Ongoing

15nov(nov 15)5:30 pmA Heart So White - Weekend study of Javier Marías in Valencia5:30 pm Valencia, SpainType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Weekend

19nov6:00 pmGreat Ideas, Great Books - November: Plato's Republic6:00 pm London Bridge, LondonType Of Study:PhilosophyFrequency:MonthlyDuration:Ongoing

january 2020

06jan5:30 pmDubliners: The Sisters and The DeadDubliners: Between Paralysis and Epiphany in 'The Sisters' and 'The Dead'5:30 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Two weeks

14jan12:00 pmUlysses by James Joyce: Daytime Sessions12:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six months

14jan7:30 pmUlysses Second Tour: Evening Sessions7:30 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six months

may 2020

03may11:00 amHomer's Odyssey in Greece: One-week immersion11:00 am Island of Agistri, GreeceType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Eight Days

15may(may 15)5:00 pmHenry James in Rye: A Portrait of a Lady Weekend Retreat5:00 pm The Mermaid Inn Rye SussexType Of Study:Literature,TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Weekend

31may11:00 amReading the Body: Salon and Yoga retreat in Umbria11:00 am Umbria, ItalyType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One Week

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