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
Virginia Woolf in St Ives: Between the Acts October 2019St Ives (weekend); pre-meeting Kentish TownWeekend (Friday- Sunday)October 18-20th; pre-meeting 15.10Weekend
Reading the Body: Yoga & Salon Retreat in UmbriaUmbria ItalyOne weekMay 31st-June 7th 2020All day
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
Great Ideas, Great BooksLondon BridgeMonthly studyNext meeting 17 September 2019Tuesdays 6:00-8:30 PM
A Heart So White: Valencia WeekendValencia SpainWeekend (Friday- Sunday)November 15th-17th 20195 PM Friday -3 PM Sunday
Beloved Salon Intensive Fairfax, VA and LondonFive hours: One meeting18.8.19 in Fairfax; 12.9.19 in London2:30-7:30 PM / 5-10 PM London
The Waste Land SalonKentish TownThree meetings eveningsStarts 17.9.195-7 PM or 7:30-9:30 PM
Proust V II-- Within a Budding Grove Kentish TownEleven weeksStarts 18.9.195-7 PM OR 7:30-9:30 PM

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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

Paris Salons April 2nd and 3rd

Posted on 15 Mar 2016
Antigone Salon Intensive April 2nd 5:30-10 PM Transcendentalists Intensive April 3rd 4-9 PM After the joy and exuberance of our February studies, I am so pleased to be able to return for more digging in the realm of language and ideas with the shimmering Paris Salonistas.    

Reading books creates greater empathy

Posted on 24 Jan 2016
Our sympathy for fictitious characters can translate into compassion in real life There was a lovely piece of writing in the Guardian recently about how reading both inspires empathy and connects people. This is not a new revelation for those who have participated in the Salon studies

Community events

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

City Lit Literary Festival 2015

Posted on 08 Sep 2015
On Saturday 12 September 2015, City Lit will host a celebration of published writers, poets and academics from City Lit and beyond. On the same weekend, we will also be hosting the Seventh International George Moore Conference – and some of the talks from the conference are also