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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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

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

Christine Herzer– artist, writer poet in Paris Ivy Writers 14 Feb. 2017

Posted on 13 Feb 2017
14th FEBRUARY from 19h30: Ivy Writers Paris welcomes guest poets Christine Herzer (France/Germany though writing primarily in English) and Charlemagne Ganashine (France)—let us know you are coming! MARDI 14 février 2017 à 19h30 Au bar / 1er étage : Delaville Café, 34 bvd Bonne Nouvell