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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Dear Ivanka: Please don’t quote what you haven’t read….

Posted on 23 May 2017
The Arrogance of Ignorance There is a danger of becoming de-sensitized to the outrageousness of the Trump family’s actions. They spring from the realm of reality TV (mis-behavior and moral poverty are the coin of that realm), but sadly—devastatingly—DT & his progeny now affect the

“Into Unfathomable Life”: Embracing mystery in the poetry of Szymborska

Posted on 29 Apr 2017
“Wonder. Go on & wonder.”—W. Faulkner The obsessive need to read the papers & gather sound bites—to wake up and consult the latest news, search and find the best commentary on the latest act of aggression, bombing, bad governance—that is one place where I recognize my own stru

Meet New Facilitator Carol Martin-Sperry

Posted on 30 Mar 2017
We’re very pleased to have Carol Martin-Sperry joining us as a facilitator at the London Literary Salon! Here are a few words from Carol; she also has a website where you can read more: www.speriamo.co.uk “After attending five London Lit Salon events I decided that I would

Community events

Marcy Kahan’s dramatisation of Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential

Posted on 29 May 2017
Salonista Marcy Kahan goes into the wild world of the professional kitchen in her latest creative project for Radio 4… The 5-episode dramatisation of Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential will be on BBC Radio 4 from Monday 22nd May – Friday 26th May @ 10:45 a.m. [Wednesd

LLS facilitator Carol Martin-Sperry publishes Joyce Mansour poetry

Posted on 29 May 2017
So very impressed with our very own Carol Martin Sperry, who has just published her translations of the gorgeous & sensual work of French poet Joyce Mansour.  “I opened your head                “J’ai ouvert ta tête   To read your thoughts             Pour lire tes pensées   I crun

Sex, Identity & the Smartphone generation@ Dartmouth Park Talks

Posted on 16 May 2017
 Sex, Identity & The Smartphone Generation – talking with teenagers about sex Consent, pleasure, respect, body confidence, LGBT+ issues, sex positivity, victim blaming, the gendered impact of porn and “sexting”… kids these days have a lot on their plate. Outspoken comedian Sara Pa