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
Flannery O'Connor Study & Documentary *FULL*TBA North LondonFour hours Salon IntensiveJuly 5th 20196:15-10:00 PM
Spontaneous PhilosophyRudolf Steiner House, MaryleboneMonthly no-prep studyNext meeting 23 JuneTuesdays 6:00-8:30 PM
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
Lit Salon Book Club: Bridget Collins' The BindingSouth London, West NorwoodMonthly study23 June 2019Sundays 6:30-8:30 PM
Great Ideas, Great Books—New SectionMaryleboneMonthly studyStarting 22 January 2019Tuesdays 6:00-8:30 PM
Beloved Salon Intensive Fairfax, VAFive hours: One meeting18.8.192:30-7:30 PM

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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: 

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

Community events

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

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!