Welcome to the London Literary Salon
The London Literary Salon creates community around the study of great literature and ideas.
The Salon offers unique discussion-based studies of outstanding works of fiction, philosophy, poetry and drama. We welcome all readers with a curiosity and openness to the insights of others—no academic preparation is necessary.
Our expert facilitators help to weave the ideas of participants with questions the books raise about what it is to be human. We visit realms imagined by writers and thinkers from ancient times to modern.
Studies range from one-meeting intensives to six-month and two-year odysseys, along with travel retreats to locations around the UK and Europe.
Click here to read more about the Salon experience or browse upcoming studies below.
What's coming up this year?
06jan5:30 pm7:30 pmDubliners: The Sisters and The DeadDubliners: Between Paralysis and Epiphany in 'The Sisters' and 'The Dead'5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Two weeks
15may(may 15)5:00 pm17(may 17)2:00 pmHenry James in Rye: A Portrait of a Lady Weekend Retreat5:00 pm - 2:00 pm (17) The Mermaid Inn Rye SussexType Of Study:Literature,TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Weekend
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“A place for the meeting of minds- to connect, to agree and disagree and to use books as a means through which to ponder the various aspects of human existence and experience in all of its messy glory.” — Ulysses Salonista
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Latest Salon News
Spend the Winter tackling Ulysses with Toby Brothers and The London Literary Salon By Nicole Hubbard (published on Bookstoker) After a chance conversation with a friend about life after 50, she casually mentioned that each year she had taken on a new project outside...
Marcy Kahan is a member of the 3rd Proust cycle in the LLS; she will be facilitating a course on Nabokov later this autumn... Seven ways to get the most out of Proust Feeling excited at the prospect of Radio 4’s Proust Marathon – the new 10-hour dramatisation of...
You might apply similar metaphors to the head of our own shaky ship of state. When the prime minister’s cabinet was announced last week, I couldn’t help but think of Melville’s line: “Such a crew, so officered, seemed specially picked and packed by some infernal fatality to help him to his monomaniac revenge.”
Late Summer-Autumn 2019 thru Spring 2020 Having just returned from another magical St Ives weekend immersed in Virginia Woolf, I am inspired anew by the rare luxury of being in a beautiful place with a group of wonderful minds encountering a work of literature...
If you would like to listen to a brief overview on the history of the Salon and reflections on the purpose of the Salon and book studies – here is Toby being interviewed by Kate Slotover of the Book Club Review. This also gives some of the strategies the Salon offers to Book Clubs to support their studies.
The wonderful Hélène Larisch-- Paris Salonista and organiser for the Tout en Parlant association --offers this fabulous concert to raise money to support the great work of providing cultural offerings and connections for people with limited sight.
Outspoken Sex Ed presents a panel discussion… Doing It Like The Dutch: tips for parents from Holland’s world-class sex ed Why are Dutch teenagers the happiest in the world? How do the Dutch talk to their children about sex and relationships? And what happened when...
Tribute to Dr. Toni Morrison “What does it mean to be human? FOREIGNNESS IS THE REALM OF THE CURIOUS.The dream state is where you are most vulnerable.The final frontier of home is the human body. Home is where the memory of the self dwells...” -- From 'The...
The Salon crowd likes a party! And what better reason than to celebrate two of our favourite writers: Walt Whitman and Herman Melville who were born 200 years ago this year. These Salon social occasions are an opportunity for the lively minds of the Salon studies to...
Spain’s Most Celebrated Writer Believes the Fascist Past Is Still Present Javier Marías has spent his career chronicling his country’s moral trade-off with its violent history. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/01/magazine/javier-marias-spanish-literature.html This...