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
The English Patient by Michael OndaatjeHygge 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 2019Kentish 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: Flights, by Olga TokarczukSouth London, West NorwoodOngoing monthly study06 January 2019Sundays 6:30-8:30 PM
Great Ideas, Great Books—New SectionMaryleboneMonthly studyStarting 22 January 2019Tuesdays 6:00-8:30PM
St Ives Lighthouse Intensive studySt Ives CornwallOne weekend with two hour prepWeekend May 17th-19th & May 12thAll day

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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

The London Literary Salon in the News: Joy of Text

Posted on 19 Dec 2016
Daunted by Dante? Useless at Ulysses? Fear not: as Dan Carrier discovers, Toby Brothers of the London Literary Salon is there to hold your hand. Published: 15 December, 2016  in The Camden New Journal  by DAN CARRIER IT will have been a six-month journey through around 265,000 of some

Why Civil Discourse Matters

Posted on 28 Nov 2016
…And Why the Salon Matters This is a tough moment for those who value human rights, cross-cultural communication, global partnership and progressive political movement. Like many, I was devastated to learn of Trump’s election. There are many reasons for rejection of Trump for an

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