A place for the meeting of minds . . .

“Thank you, thank you, thank you. I never would have read Ulysses but am very glad that I have. It was frustrating, moving, enigmatic, and uplifting – and that was just the first page. It – and the salon – were also a gift for me this year. Life has been challenging and the Salon was a pocket of time when everything else went away. It was a rare moment  in which I was truly immersed in the here and now. And that doesn’t seem to happen much these days.”  

Ulysses Salon participant 

Image credit: Jose Barba www.jajed.com
Great Ideas, Great Books

Our monthly study of foundational texts continues 17 December with the Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound

Coming Travel Studies 2019-2020

Literary adventures abound: Javier Marías in Valencia, The Odyssey and then The Iliad in Greece, Henry James and Dacia Maraini in Umbria with Yoga, Virginia Woolf in St Ives, Henry James in Rye

Dubliners - Two Meetings

“One by one they were all becoming shades. Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.”
James Joyce, Dubliners

Joyce's Ulysses

“Plenty to see and hear and feel yet. Feel live warm beings near you. They aren’t going to get me this innings. Warm beds: warm full blooded life.”

On-going Proust studies

“Every reader, as he reads, is actually the reader of himself. The writer’s work is only a kind of optical instrument he provides the reader so he can discern what he might never have seen in himself without this book. The reader’s recognition in himself of what the book says is the proof of the book’s truth.” 

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?

december 2019

01dec6:30 pm8:30 pmThe Lit Salon Book Club - A River Runs Through It6:30 pm - 8:30 pm West Norwood, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:MonthlyDuration:Ongoing

january 2020

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

12jan6:30 pm8:30 pmThe Lit Salon Book Club - The Fire Next Time6:30 pm - 8:30 pm West Norwood, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:MonthlyDuration:Ongoing

15jan6:00 pm8:30 pmTroy: Myth, Legend and Inspiration6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Road, London, NW1 6XTType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Eight weeks

20jan12:30 pm2:30 pmJazz by Toni Morrison Four-week study12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Four weeks

21jan6:00 pm8:30 pmGreat Ideas, Great Books - January: Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound6:00 pm - 8:30 pm London Bridge, LondonType Of Study:PhilosophyFrequency:MonthlyDuration:Ongoing

21jan7:00 pm9:00 pmThe Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Five weeks

22jan(jan 22)5:00 pm29apr(apr 29)9:30 pmThe Guermantes Way -- Volume III of Proust's In Search of Lost Time5:00 pm - (april 29) 9:30 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Three months

february 2020

22jan(jan 22)5:00 pm29apr(apr 29)9:30 pmThe Guermantes Way -- Volume III of Proust's In Search of Lost Time(january 22) 5:00 pm - (april 29) 9:30 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Three months

17feb12:30 pm2:30 pmInvisible Man by Ralph Ellison12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Two months

march 2020

22jan(jan 22)5:00 pm29apr(apr 29)9:30 pmThe Guermantes Way -- Volume III of Proust's In Search of Lost Time(january 22) 5:00 pm - (april 29) 9:30 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Three months

april 2020

22jan(jan 22)5:00 pm29apr(apr 29)9:30 pmThe Guermantes Way -- Volume III of Proust's In Search of Lost Time(january 22) 5:00 pm - (april 29) 9:30 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Three months

may 2020

03may11:00 amHomer's Odyssey in Greece: One-week immersion11:00 am Island of Agistri, GreeceType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Eight Days

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

31may11:00 amReading the Body: Salon and Yoga retreat in Umbria11:00 am Umbria, ItalyType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One Week

Can't find what you're looking for?

Would you like to study something else? Have a look at our past salons to see what events we have run previously.

Or do you have a suggestion for a salon? We'd love to hear your ideas. Please let us know.

“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 

 

Thank you to Jose Barba for the wonderful illustrations he has created for the London Literary Salon. Click on the images below to enlarge and scroll.

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