About The Facilitators

 

Toby Brothers

Director of the Paris and London Literary Salons

Toby Brothers (MA Education, Literature, Counseling Psychology) conceived of, developed and leads the Literary Salon in London and Paris.

Her experience includes teaching literary seminars in areas that range from creative writing to women’s literature and film, world religions and wisdom traditions, African American Literature to Shakespeare for adults, secondary and primary school students.

She has worked as a master teacher and a mentor teacher and has over 25 years of innovative teaching and seminar experience in France, the USA, Japan and beyond.

Her post-graduate studies include advanced degrees in education, literature and psychology and a broad expanse of humanities and world religions course work.

Mark Cwik

Mark Cwik has been leading discussions that introduce adults of all backgrounds to the world’s greatest books for over twenty years in Chicago, Toronto and London. He was trained as a discussion facilitator while at the Great Books Foundation in Chicago and has been a passionate advocate for lifelong liberal learning since attending St. John’s College, Santa Fe and the University of Chicago’s Basic Program in Liberal Education.

Mark offers Salon studies on works across the Western intellectual tradition, with special strength in texts from Classical Greece and Rome, and Biblical and religious texts. He is equally comfortable with classic and modern novels, short stories, drama, and works of political science, philosophy and natural science.

In addition to his work with the London Literary Salon, Mark leads seminars for Toronto-based Classical Pursuits, where he is also the Education Manager, and for OnlineGreatBooks.com.

He is also an accomplished woodworker and was for 15 years in Chicago a self-employed designer and maker of bespoke, contemporary furniture.

Marcy Kahan

Playwright Marcy Kahan was born in Montreal, educated at Oxford and in Paris and is now resident in London.

She is the author of the BBC screenplay, Antonia & Jane, a stage version of When Harry Met Sally [Haymarket Theatre] and over thirty original plays for BBC radio. Her R4 dramatisations include Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, Tolstoy’s War & Peace and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Recent credits include Ninety Minutes With Stanislavski [Radio 3, 2017]; the R4 romantic comedy series Lunch [BBC Audio Award – Best-Scripted Comedy 2015]; and Oscar Wilde: The Warhol Years [R4, 2018].

She has led workshops on writing at Birkbeck, RADA, the Actors Centre and the BBC. She is the Autumn Co-Ordinator of NYU in London’s Literary Club.

Alison Cable

Alison Cable (BA, MA English Literature) was a university lecturer in the US before moving to London a decade ago.  She taught Contemporary Literature, Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum, and Critical and Analytical Thinking at several east coast Universities.  She has a particular interest in the therapeutic nature of shared reading, with a focus on young adults.

From the poetry of Emily Dickinson to the short stories of Flannery O’Connor to contemporary literary fiction, her interests are wide-ranging but focus on how reading literature together can reduce feelings of isolation, slow us down, lead to increased empathy, and be an antidote to the demands of social media.

While in London, Alison has volunteered as a primary school librarian, written a novel for young adults, and regularly attends the London Literary Salon.  She’s currently doing coursework in counselling, as well as volunteering as a group leader for The Reader Organisation.

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I would recommend courses led by Toby to anyone who wants to look at a text in detail in a study group
I was certainly surprised at how much I was thrown off balance by these two astounding writers…I look forward to returning for more
We all came to the group with different backgrounds and interests but Mark has skillfully guided us through a stimulating programme of Greek literature.
I always leave the meetings with a much broader understanding of what we are reading than when I arrived
Everyone feels they get heard and therefore that each of us has a contribution to make
In all of the courses I have attended I have felt a bond within the group, and this contributes significantly to the quality of the discussions
Lovely, intimate groups with in-depth discussions, lots of learning, and friendships are made for life there
I’ve read things I’d never dared read before.  I’ve made new friends and met really interesting people.
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april 2020

02apr5:00 pmSonny's Blues by James Baldwin 27.3: STUDY FULL5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:One day,Two weeks

06apr5:00 pmUlysses by James Joyce: Eight-Week IntensiveFirst Half of Ulysses in 8 weeks 5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Eight weeks

09apr6:00 pmTroy: Myth, Legend and InspirationVIRTUAL STUDY6:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Eight weeks

10apr5:00 pmThe Essential Socrates: Four Dialogues of PlatoVIRTUAL STUDY5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:PhilosophyFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six Weeks

13apr2:00 pmInvisible Man by Ralph EllisonVIRTUAL STUDY2:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Two months

14apr4:00 pmWilliam Faulkner’s A Rose for Emily: Virtual Salon for older teens4:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One day

21apr7:00 pmBeloved by Toni Morrison 4-week studyVIRTUAL STUDY7:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Four weeks

27apr5:00 pmJane Austen's Best: Persuasion and EmmaVIRTUAL STUDY5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Four weeks

may 2020

05may5:00 pmToni Morrison's A MercyVIRTUAL STUDY5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Two weeks

15may(may 15)5:00 pmHenry James in Rye: A Portrait of a Lady Weekend Retreat**STUDY FULL**5:00 pm 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

june 2020

23jun7:00 pmToni Morrison's A Mercy7:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Two weeks

september 2020

05sep(sep 5)12:00 pmHomer's Odyssey in Greece: One-week immersionNew Dates12:00 pm Island of Agistri, GreeceType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Eight Days

october 2020

14oct(oct 14)6:00 pmThe Years by Virginia Woolf Five-day study in St Ives *NEW DATES*Immersive Study of Woolf's family saga in her beloved Cornwall6:00 pm St Ives, CornwallType Of Study:Literature,TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Five days

january 2021

12jan12:00 pmUlysses by James Joyce: First-timers Afternoon and Evening options12:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six months

12jan7:45 pmUlysses Second Tour: Evening Sessions January 20217:45 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six months

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