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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Beloved, Hamlet and Housekeeping–late August Salons

Posted on 05 Aug 2015
Salons in August- early September 2015 Beloved by Toni Morrison –One evening Salon Intensive 01.09 “Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”– Beloved  Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson One evening Salon Intensive 07.09 “To crave

Fear and the privilege of Art

Posted on 07 Jul 2015
Watching someone lose their mind—even very slowly—is a means, perhaps, to watch the defenses sheer off—from intellectual & emotional discourse to historical recounting to adamancies and absurdities to questions—and finally, to fear. Fear seems to be the root actor—and our conscien

Salonistas Comment on the Salon experience 2015

Posted on 14 Jun 2015
  After the intensive, multi-month studies of Ulysses and Proust, participants were asked to comment on their experience of the Salon… How would you describe the Salon experience?  Politely wild. Surpassed my expectations….It’s been terrific, stimulating and wel

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