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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Reading Literary Fiction improves empathy & the limits of social media

Posted on 02 Sep 2014
I have succumbed to the gratitude challenge running rampant on Facebook– and have enjoyed recognising people and experiences and aspects of life that inspire me forward…but even as I was sharing these, I was thinking, what is it about social media that fails to satisfy? I

August Reflections: ‘An exquisite, ingenious and limpid jelly…’

Posted on 20 Aug 2014
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Audio: Why study Ulysses?

Posted on 22 Jul 2014
Toby Brothers talks about why we should study Ulysses and we hear a discussion about chapter Nausicaa in a session of the London Literary Salon

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