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?
01apr6:00 pm05(apr 5)12:00 pmThe Years by Virginia Woolf Five-day study in St IvesImmersive Study of Woolf's family saga in her beloved Cornwall6:00 pm - 12:00 pm (5) St Ives, CornwallType Of Study:Literature,TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Five days
15may(may 15)5:00 pm17(may 17)2:00 pmHenry James in Rye: A Portrait of a Lady Weekend Retreat **STUDY FULL**5:00 pm - 2:00 pm (17) The Mermaid Inn Rye SussexType Of Study:Literature,TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Weekend
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Latest Salon News
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.
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.
FOR two hours, I was entranced: literary greats introduced their choice of the best of the Bookers—with the shortlisted books…
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...
BOOTLEG BALLOONATICS PRESENT: BLOOMSDAY IN LONDON – 16THJUNE 2019 Journey through an imaginary Dublin on the streets of Tufnell Park For anyone unable to make it to Dublin, this year the Balloonatics offer you the chance to celebrate Bloomsday here in London....
Roll Red Roll Co-leaders of the Camden branch of the Women’s Equality Party Emma Ko and Leah Royall are excited to host a rare UK screening of ROLL RED ROLL – a chilling documentary about high-school sexual assault in small-town America. Includes a post-show...
Our multitalented Marcy does it again!!! BORN TO BE WILDE: THE WARHOL YEARS by Marcy Kahan BBC R4: Monday 17th…
Congratulations to Megan Davis! Her novel, The Messenger has taken first place in The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel!…