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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Paris 13 November 2015

Posted on 14 Nov 2015
“I am done with great things and big plans, great institutions and big success. I am for those tiny, invisible, loving, human forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water,

Back to Paris– where it all began…

Posted on 10 Nov 2015
Sometimes you need to return to the source to retrace the outlines– where you have been, what you are and why….though these are the questions that drive us forward into our lives. It is too easy to become distracted with the daily rhythms and not pull yourself up- look aro

Coming Salons — a new Proust study, Homer & more Faulkner?

Posted on 03 Oct 2015
IN the midst of Faulkner’s Sound and the Fury, Proust’s Sodom and Gomorrah and a study of The Odyssey– all these rich works result in a bit of mental cacophony…but then a Salonist offers a clarifying statement as this in reflection to this week in Faulkner: 

Community events

Ulysses: Sailing into the Mind–23rd January 2015

Posted on 20 Dec 2014
Ulysses: Sailing into the Mind Hosted by the British Psychoanalytic Association: Staying Connected with Toby Brothers, Director of the London Literary Salon Discussant: Mary Twyman. Psychoanalyst BPA BPAS Chair: David Morgan. Psychoanalyst BPA BPAS BPF Friday January 23rd 7-9:30 PM £5

Culinary Salon

Posted on 28 Oct 2014
  Salonista Julia Leonard is organising some wonderful conversations around food and memory– perfectly dovetailing with our Proust studies! Join us for the third Divertimenti Culinary Salon as we explore the tantalising link between food and memory with top chefs, writers,

Community Happenings June 2014

Posted on 28 May 2014
The Salon community in both Paris and London is full of lively minds and happenings…below are just a few that have crossed my radar– feel free to send along your event or offering! from Nora Connolly–(no, not that Nora)–friend of the Salon A CELEBRATION OF JAME