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
Virginia Woolf in St Ives: Between the Acts October 2019St Ives (weekend); pre-meeting Kentish TownWeekend (Friday- Sunday)October 18-20th; pre-meeting 15.10Weekend
Reading the Body: Yoga & Salon Retreat in UmbriaUmbria ItalyOne weekMay 31st-June 7th 2020All day
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
Great Ideas, Great BooksLondon BridgeMonthly studyNext meeting 17 September 2019Tuesdays 6:00-8:30 PM
A Heart So White: Valencia WeekendValencia SpainWeekend (Friday- Sunday)November 15th-17th 20195 PM Friday -3 PM Sunday
Beloved Salon Intensive Fairfax, VA and LondonFive hours: One meeting18.8.19 in Fairfax; 12.9.19 in London2:30-7:30 PM / 5-10 PM London
The Waste Land SalonKentish TownThree meetings eveningsStarts 17.9.195-7 PM or 7:30-9:30 PM
Proust V II-- Within a Budding Grove Kentish TownEleven weeksStarts 18.9.195-7 PM OR 7:30-9:30 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

Bridport Prize winner– Salonsita Megan Davis

Posted on 07 Dec 2018
Congratulations to Megan Davis! Her novel, The Messenger  has taken first place in The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel! Read an extract of ‘The Messenger’ here. Megan Davis was born in the lead smelting town of Port Pirie, South Australia and grew up in minin

Keats Library: In Byron’s Wake book talk 13.9.18

Posted on 31 Jul 2018
Thurs Sept 13th 7.30pm Keats Community Library 10 Keats Grove NW3 2RR Miranda Seymour will discuss her new book In Byron’s Wake about the careers of Bryon’s widow and daughter,  Books  will be available for signing. Tickets £10 from the library on 0207 431 1266. We are in 

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