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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Faulkner study starting Monday; Hamlet next Tuesday evening- Proust too!

Posted on 15 Apr 2016
 “Faulkner tackles complex and universal human questions through mesmerising and unforgettable characters. The brilliance of this book emerges in the Salon study group, where you have the liberty to dive deeply into Faulkner’s work, question and discuss with others. Not many nov

Making Meaning —Reflections on the weight words may carry

Posted on 28 Mar 2016
The trouble with the BIG life moments is that when I attempt to capture & contain them in language, I hear my own clichés rolling out like chicks and bunnies at Easter. Knowing this doesn’t stop me—although I have in my head Proust’s disgust at the weakness of language re-played—t

London studies coming in April

Posted on 21 Mar 2016
Hamlet Intensive April 26th— One Meeting study of the extraordinary play in honour of Shakespeare’s 400 year anniversary “What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form, in moving, how express and admirable! in action how like an angel

Community events

Bee Rowlatt talks about her Search for Mary Wollstonecraft at Owl

Posted on 23 Feb 2016
Our next event is with Bee Rowlatt on 7th March at 6.30pm. Free admission. OWL BOOKSHOP 209 KENTISH TOWN ROAD LONDON NW5 TEL 020 7485 7793 MONDAY 7TH MARCH 6.30PM BEE ROWLATT – IN SEARCH OF MARY Please follow the link below to register for free admission. Toddler in tow, Bee Row

Waterstones: In Time Which Made a Monkey of Us All by Grace Payley

Posted on 09 Feb 2016
The next meeting of the SAP Literature study series is Wednesday 17.02.16. This series is beautifully organised and facilitated by Salon friend and novelist, Basil Lawrence.  by Elizabeth Urban 07:30pm to 09:00pm For details & registration: http://www.thesap.org.uk/events/in-time-

An Exploration of Antoine Watteau’s Fête Galante in a Wooded Landscape

Posted on 18 Oct 2015
The Society of Analytical Psychology presents An Exploration of Antoine Watteau’s Fête Galante in a Wooded Landscape Location: The Wallace Collection Manchester Square W1U 3BN London Date: 7 November 2015 15:00 to 16:30 ©Trustees of the Wallace Collection About the painting Antoine Wa