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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Early Fall Highlights

Posted on 20 Aug 2016
From the madness of the final days of courses to the shift towards travel and pause of the summer days, moments of time shape and shift even as I try to hold them—wanting the possibilities of summer expansion to always be anticipated—not past. I hear the echo of Gatsby’s ever-receding

What do we do now…Now?

Posted on 08 Jul 2016
  July 5th, 2016 Whoosh—where did June go? And more importantly, where did this beautiful country go? Since June 23rd, I have struggled (as many have) to continue with the rhythms of regular life in the face of the waves of political madness and social upheaval. We are tempted to

Skeleton Salon Schedule starting late August 2016

Posted on 28 Jun 2016
This is still in progress– feedback is most welcome!! In a time when hope needs to be kindled, turning to significant literature may be a salve– certainly this is a way out of the narrowness of our own experience…. All studies unless otherwise stated start week of 19

Community events

Exhibition of Sculptures by Claus Velte

Posted on 06 Dec 2016
  Claus is the partner of Helene –participant and hostess of many Paris Salons– Claus’ work has been an inspiration for me– he has an ability to capture human form and expression that is simply extraordinary. If you are lucky enough to be in Paris– e

Freud Bar on Joseph Conrad: Exile & English Writer

Posted on 04 Oct 2016
BRITISH PSYCHOANALYTIC ASSOCIATION PRESENTS: JOSEPH CONRAD: EXILE AND ENGLISH WRITER Hugh Epstein in discussion with Mary Twyman TUESDAY 18 OCTOBER 2016 7.30 – 10.00 PM THE HOLLY BUSH PUB HAMPSTEAD, NW3 6SG For Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/freud-bar-tickets-2835961136

Short Story Study: “The Things They Carried” 15.06.16

Posted on 14 Jun 2016
The popular short story series convened by Basil Lawrence at Waterstones completes its season with:  “The Things They Carried” by by Tim O’Brien’ Presented by Christopher Hauke 15 June, 7:30pm to 9:00pm  William Timothy O’Brien was born in 1946 in Austin, Minnesota, and is