Why Read Ulysses??

Than there is the writing: to grapple with the words and linguistic pyrotechnics of James Joyce—to enter into his exploration of the body, mind and street-life, to sit in awe of his allusions, musicality, interweaving structures and thematic developments is to expand...

In a Dark Time

March 16, 2020 From Toby– We are entering into a crisis that is unknowable. There are so many difficulties in this moment– it feels easy to get lost in the anxiety and uncertainty. My go-to coping mechanism is to DO SOMETHING– and not just hoard...

March 2020: Coming studies and new postings

Courses coming with spaces remaining: Beloved four weeks starting mid-April The Years—Five-day intensive study in St Ives April (two spaces available) Yoga and Literary Retreat in Umbria early June of Henry James: The Portrait of a Lady –one space available A Mercy...

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...

Opportunity: Chair at Proms for St Judes Literary Festival

Sue Fox, Salonista, is also one of the founders of the Proms at St Judes Literary Festival which is celebrating nine years in 2020. She writes to see if anyone in the Salon community might be interested in the volunteer role of Lit Fest Chair:  ” The St Judes Literary...

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...

Concert in Paris 15 November

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. 
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