Welcome to the London Literary Salon
The London Literary Salon creates community around the study of great literature and ideas.
In light of the global crisis facing us, all of the Salons are now offered virtually, using face-to-face video conferencing that recreates the live, interactive, small-group experience of our in-person Salons. We will offer some donation-only studies alongside the regular-priced opportunities. In recognition of the extraordinary stress of the times and the need for connection that the Salon offers, if you are interested in a study but are unable to pay, please contact the facilitator. We will also offer free tutorials on the conference platform.
The Salon offers unique discussion-based studies of outstanding works of fiction, philosophy, poetry and drama. We welcome all readers with a curiosity and openness to the insights of others—no academic preparation is necessary.
Our expert facilitators help to weave the ideas of participants with questions the books raise about what it is to be human. We visit realms imagined by writers and thinkers from ancient times to modern.
Studies range from one-meeting intensives to six-month and two-year odysseys, along with travel retreats to locations around the UK and Europe.
Click here to read more about the Salon experience or browse upcoming studies below.
What's coming up this year?
20may(may 20)5:30 pm03jun(jun 3)7:30 pmThe Waste Land Salon: Three EveningsTHIS STUDY IS NOW FULL(may 20) 5:30 pm - (june 3) 7:30 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Three weeks
09oct(oct 9)5:00 pm11(oct 11)2:00 pmHenry James in Rye: A Portrait of a Lady Weekend Retreat**STUDY FULL**5:00 pm - 2:00 pm (11) The Mermaid Inn Rye SussexType Of Study:Literature,TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Weekend
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“A place for the meeting of minds- to connect, to agree and disagree and to use books as a means through which to ponder the various aspects of human existence and experience in all of its messy glory.” — Ulysses Salonista
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Latest Salon News
Late Summer-Autumn 2019 thru Spring 2020 Having just returned from another magical St Ives weekend immersed in Virginia Woolf, I am inspired anew by the rare luxury of being in a beautiful place with a group of wonderful minds encountering a work of literature...
If you would like to listen to a brief overview on the history of the Salon and reflections on the purpose of the Salon and book studies – here is Toby being interviewed by Kate Slotover of the Book Club Review. This also gives some of the strategies the Salon offers to Book Clubs to support their studies.
I will just say that, for me, the great thing about the salon is that it feels like a form of play…Over the years as a teacher, I sometimes felt that what was occurring in class was a kind of play, and when this happened it seemed a wonderful thing.
FOR two hours, I was entranced: literary greats introduced their choice of the best of the Bookers—with the shortlisted books…
On Reading from Basil Lawrence, Salon facilitator I arrange my shelves by publication date in an…
Our multitalented Marcy does it again!!! BORN TO BE WILDE: THE WARHOL YEARS by Marcy Kahan BBC R4: Monday 17th…
Congratulations to Megan Davis! Her novel, The Messenger has taken first place in The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel!…
Thurs Sept 13th 7.30pm Keats Community Library 10 Keats Grove NW3 2RR Miranda Seymour will discuss her new book In…
Poetry Slam Documentary “Don’t Be Nice” To World Premiere at East End Film Festival First Film from Bowery…
THE JAZZ COLLECTIVE WITH SARAH QUIST AND PAUL KISSAUN DATE: 31ST MARCH 2018 TIME: 20:30 A throwback evening to the good…