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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August 2018 reflections

Posted on 10 Aug 2018
August Reflections 2018 In the midst of summer’s heat, thoughts soften and grow fluid. One of the gifts of these long, slower days is mind-wandering time. Swimming thoughts seep into all parts of my day and connections—between people, the land, words—happen with greater ease. I think

On The Golden Booker prize– CNJ by Toby

Posted on 31 Jul 2018
FOR two hours, I was entranced: literary greats introduced their choice of the best of the Bookers—with the shortlisted books brought to life by actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Fiona Shaw, Geoffrey Streatfeild and Meera Syal. And this celebration of narrative form reaches beyond literature n

On Reading from new facilitator Basil Lawrence

Posted on 30 Jul 2018
On Reading        from Basil Lawrence, Salon facilitator   I arrange my shelves by publication date in an attempt to understand how each book relates to its neighbours. The spines remind me that Moby Dick, Bleak House and Madame Bovary appeared in that order in the 1850s. That Th

Community events

Feedback 2018

Posted on 12 Jul 2018
The experience of the Salon is best described by the participants– here is a sampling from recent studies: “Thank you so much for being such an inspiring teacher and facilitator.  As you know I’ve hugely enjoyed the journey you have taken us on through Ellison’s masterpiec

Bowery Poetry Studios film at East End Film Festival

Posted on 16 Apr 2018
  Poetry Slam Documentary “Don’t Be Nice” To World Premiere at East End Film Festival   First Film from Bowery Poetry Studios Spotlights NYC Team at National Competition   Feature Documentary Debut from Director Max Powers Explores Poetry as response to critical events

The Jazz Collective at MAP cafe in Kentish Town featuring Sarah Quist

Posted on 28 Mar 2018
THE JAZZ COLLECTIVE WITH SARAH QUIST AND PAUL KISSAUN DATE: 31ST MARCH 2018 TIME: 20:30 A throwback evening to the good old days where Music took centre stage,  where you played because you loved to jam. Join us for an evening of Jazz with friends.  We’re not traditionalists so if you