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
Moby Dick by Herman MelvilleCamden Town/Kentish TownEight weeks27 Feb - 17 Apr 2019Wednesdays 7-9 PM
The English Patient *Aft. FULL*Hygge Pygge Cafe, Camden TownFour weeks23 Jan - 13 Feb 2019Monday: 13:30 or Wed. 7:30-9:30 PM
Beckett Seminar with Paul O’HanrahanCamden TownThree hours27 Jan 2019Sunday 2:30-5:30 PM
Ulysses by James Joyce 2019 Eve FULLKentish Town20 weeks15 Jan - 11 June 2019Tuesdays 12-2 PM or 8-10:00 PM
Homer's IliadHygge Pygge Cafe, Camden TownSix weeks09 Jan - 13 Feb 2019Wednesdays 7:30-9:30 PM
Homer's Odyssey in GreeceIsland of Agistri, Rosy's Little VillageOne week with two prep meetings1-8 May 2019
Lit Salon Book Club: The Blue Fox by SjónSouth London, West NorwoodOngoing monthly study03 February 2019Sundays 6:30-8:30 PM
Great Ideas, Great Books—New SectionMaryleboneMonthly studyStarting 22 January 2019Tuesdays 6:00-8:30PM
St Ives Lighthouse Intensive study *NOW FULL*St Ives CornwallOne weekend with two hour prepWeekend May 17th-19th & May 13thAll day

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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

The Sound and The Fury by Faulkner at SAP in Hampstead

Posted on 24 Jan 2016
This five week study starts next Monday, February 1st in Hampstead– at the Society for Analytical Psychoanalysts –but you do not need to be a psychoanalyst to join. Faulkner has this amazing ability to get deeply into the conversation that happens between people: what is s

Paris Salon Intensives: Ovid and Herrera- Ancient and Modern mythologies

Posted on 18 Jan 2016
The Paris studies are intensive not simply because we cram our work into one meeting: the energy that the original Salon group brings to the work is powerful and inspiring. Here is how one of the participants perfectly describes our recent study: And once again, there we were, somehow

Community events

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

Boundary Art Gallery at the British Art Fair

Posted on 08 Sep 2015
Salonista Agi Katz, owner of the Boundary Art Gallery, is exhibiting this weekend…here are the details: 20/21 BRITISH ART FAIR 9 – 13 September 2015 at the Royal College of Art London SW7 2EU (next to the Royal Albert Hall) Once again, we are exhibiting at the prestigious

Housekeeping One day Salon Intensive

Posted on 14 Jun 2015
“To crave and to have are as like as a thing and its shadow. For when does a berry break upon the tongue as sweetly as when one longs to taste it, and when is the taste refracted into so many hues and savors of ripeness and earth, and when do our senses know any thing so utterly as wh