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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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: 

Starting next week: The Sound and the Fury, Joyce’s Toolbox

Posted on 08 Sep 2015
  In the last few weeks, the new Salon season has kicked off with Intensive studies of Beloved and Housekeeping–delving deeply into the haunted spaces of the human psyche. There is clarity to be found in these conversations; hearing the responses of others to the raw moment

Work of Words– Origami Swans

Posted on 27 Aug 2015
Next Tuesday a group of old and new Salonistas will be gathering to read Beloved — one of those books that marks you singularly with its power and beauty. The following week, we will study Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping  — a lyric and haunting exploration of the e

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Happening Salonistas in Paris

Posted on 09 Feb 2014
Celebrating the professional and creative (and mostly, professionally creative) activities of members of the Salon community…pass on the good works!