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
Proust in France Illiers FranceWeekend (Friday- Sunday)April 26-28 2019All day
Spontaneous PhilosophyRudolf Steiner House, MaryleboneMonthly no-prep studyNext meeting 26 MarchTuesdays 6:00-8:30 PM
Woolf's Waves in St Ives Weekend study ONE SPACESt Ives CornwallWeekend (Friday- Sunday)April 5th-7th 2019Eight hours over the weekend
Moby Dick by Herman Melville Kentish TownEight weeks13 MAY - 8 JULY 2019Mondays 13:30-15:30 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 Master and Margarita by Mikhail BulgakovSouth London, West NorwoodOngoing monthly study07 April 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--3.7.197-9 PM
Beloved Salon Intensive FULLKentish TownFour hours: One meeting24 April 20196-10 PM

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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

Toby at TEDx Camden

Posted on 30 Jan 2018
On February 15th at the Atrium in Camden, Toby was one of the speakers at the TEDx Camden event. Here is her talk on “Disabling Racism through Literature”:   ​ Toby leads the London Literary Salon with offerings in Paris, New York, Toronto and other sites, where she f

Thoughts on Art & Anger

Posted on 18 Dec 2017
Thoughts on Art & Anger “What is the way to use anger to fuel something other than hurt, to direct it away from hatred, vengefulness, self-righteousness, and make it serve creation and compassion?” — Ursule Le Guin   Wandering through the Women House exhibit

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Finishing In Search of Lost Time; starting In Search of Lost Time

Posted on 22 Feb 2018
“The work of the artist, this struggle to discern beneath matter, beneath experience, beneath words, something that is different from them, is a process exactly the reverse of that which, in those everyday lives which we live with our gaze averted from ourselves, is at every mom

Five Lessons– One Act radio play by Marcy Kahan

Posted on 27 Nov 2017
Marcy has a new, witty play on the BBC. Moments of wincing and laugh-out loud dialogue– lots of fun…. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09dtd3w Five Lessons A Month of…, A Month of Maureen Five Lessons by Marcy Kahan Nigella Smith is no ordinary piano student. Can her

F.bombe: Wreath making workshops, locally sourced flowers

Posted on 20 Nov 2017
Some of you may have participated in a recent study with Louise Chamberlain– she is one of the founders of f.bombe–truly a person that makes things happen. This holiday season, f.bombe is offering wreath-making workshops: “A few hours to immerse yourself in the senso