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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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

Welcome to Basil Lawrence– facilitator for fall Nabokov studies

Posted on 11 Jul 2018
It is my great pleasure to introduce Basil to the Salon community. Basil is a skilled facilitator with a deep appreciation for the power of language. For all who have been asking for a Nabokov study, here is your chance! From Basil: “Intro I met Toby when we worked together at t

Coming Studies Autumn 2018 –draft…

Posted on 02 Jul 2018
Hard to believe we wandered through Ulysses, Proust, Invisible Man, Mad Woman’s voice, Finnegans Wake The Waves, Frankenstein in last few months…along with magical retreats in Camber Sands, Valencia, Kandersteg & Dublin. I am still basking in the glow of these incredib

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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