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
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 21 MayTuesdays 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: Paul Auster's The Music of ChanceSouth London, West NorwoodOngoing monthly study26 May 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--3.7.195-7 PM
Beloved Salon Intensive Kentish TownFour hours: One meeting8 July 20196-10 PM

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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

Summer 2015– Coming Salons and looking forward

Posted on 25 May 2015
It has been awhile since I have been able to lift up my gaze and look forward rather than simply slipping from study to study, water to trail, adventure to book…the last few months have been full of multiple Ulysses studies, wonderful Proust immersion, perspective adjustment via

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