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
Virginia Woolf in St Ives: Between the Acts October 2019St Ives (weekend); pre-meeting Kentish TownWeekend (Friday- Sunday)October 18-20th; pre-meeting 15.10Weekend
Reading the Body: Yoga & Salon Retreat in UmbriaUmbria ItalyOne weekMay 31st-June 7th 2020All day
Flannery O'Connor Study & Documentary *FULL*TBA North LondonFour hours Salon IntensiveJuly 5th 20196:15-10:00 PM
Spontaneous PhilosophyRudolf Steiner House, MaryleboneMonthly no-prep studyNext meeting 23 JuneTuesdays 6:00-8:30 PM
Moby Dick by Herman Melville Kentish TownNine weeks16.9- 25.11 2019Mondays 5-7 PM
Ulysses by James Joyce 2020 Eve Kentish Town22 weeks14 Jan - 23 June 2020Tuesdays 12-2 PM or 7:30-9:30 PM
Homer's Odyssey in GreeceIsland of Agistri, Rosy's Little VillageOne week with one prep meeting3rd-11th May 2020Week retreat
Lit Salon Book Club: Bridget Collins' The BindingSouth London, West NorwoodMonthly study23 June 2019Sundays 6:30-8:30 PM
Great Ideas, Great Books—New SectionMaryleboneMonthly studyStarting 22 January 2019Tuesdays 6:00-8:30 PM
Beloved Salon Intensive Fairfax, VAFive hours: One meeting18.8.192:30-7:30 PM

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“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

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

Community events

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

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