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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NEW SALONS starting late August 2017

Posted on 12 Jul 2017
Although summer rhythms are calling…time to slow down & meander through the sun-lit glades–here are some of the coming studies if you want to add to your summer reading…. The London Literary Salon staff are offering thematic studies–each course stands alone

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

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