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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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

Help Select Our Next Novel

Posted on 29 Sep 2017
We have several proposed novels for a short study in mid-November, and we would like to ask your help choosing which to offer. Please take our quick survey to let us know what interests you. Alternatively, have a look at the proposed titles below and email us your thoughts at litsalon

Community events

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