Commenting on Virginia Woolf’s The Pargiters–Feminism in Fiction

“But Virginia Woolf wanted us to take a closer look than this at masculine power and control; to analyse with greater precision some tacit manifestations of sexual polarization and to examine their effects on young women in England in 1880. So we are moved into the...

Nuala’s Wake

In honour of Nuala Flynn 1954-2019 A group of Salonista have been pursuing- dancing in– traversing Finnegans Wake since September 2017. Nuala Flynn joined us part way in– and brought with her a passion for dream scapes, Brigid, the Tuatha Dé Danann, the...

Literary Delights for the New Year 

December 16th, 2019 After last week’s election… In recent Salon discussions and in several social conversations, we have re-visited the question as to why we read writers who present perspectives that we now find deeply problematic. This could be in reference to...

Nicole describes the Ulysses Salon on Bookstoker

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...

Seven Ways to Get the Most out of Proust by Marcy Kahan

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...

Proposed Salons from Toby– Weekly studies, Retreats

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...

Book Club Review Podcast interview with LLS founder Toby Brothers

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.

Salon Feedback 2018

I will just say that, for me, the great thing about the salon is that it feels like a form of play…Over the years as a teacher, I sometimes felt that what was occurring in class was a kind of play, and when this happened it seemed a wonderful thing.

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