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 23 AprilTuesdays 6:00-8:30 PM
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: Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me GoSouth London, West NorwoodOngoing monthly study28 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
Sodom and Gomorrah by Proust Pt. 1Kentish TownSix Weeks 23 May-4 JulyThursday afternoons

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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

On Identity, Invisible Man & Get Out film

Posted on 21 Mar 2017
Every reading of Invisible Man drives the reader to the heart of racial awareness: through our narrator, we examine what it means not to be seen as an individual; what happens to one’s dignity when your education, ambitions, human relationships and self-determination are (overtly or s

The Lit Salon Connects to North America

Posted on 28 Feb 2017
From Melanie Blake, Executive Director of Classical Pursuits: Dear London Literary Salon community, Greetings from Toronto! I am grateful to Toby for this opportunity to introduce you to Classical Pursuits. And I’m very excited that Toby will be joining Mark and the rest of our semina

Community events

Proust Delights at the Living Literature series May 9 & 11th

Posted on 02 May 2017
As one group is in the thick of Sodom & Gomorrah, another group finished this two-year project last year, what better than to celebrate with a Proustian dinner & discussion celebrating the realm of the senses? If you have not read Proust or have dipped but not stayed, you migh

Discount for Salon Friends to Writing Workshop at Nice Green Cafe

Posted on 01 Mar 2017
From First Words To Self-Publishing: Six insights you need to progress your writing now Date      Thursday 2 March 2017 Time     10am – 1pm Venue   The Nice Green Café & Arts Club   53 Fortess Road NW5 1AH Cost      £45 – includes refreshments — £30 for London Li

Blithe Spy by Marcy Kahan on Radio 4

Posted on 13 Feb 2017
Creative spirit and London Salonista Marcy Kahan has radio drama on R4– The Nazis are in New York – as ‘The Master’, Noel Coward turns spy to battle for Britain. Marcy Kahan’s highly improbable Second World War espionage adventure featuring a highly impro