Travel Studies

Building on the success of our London-based studies, we are excited to offer travel studies that place participants in locales that reflect and contextualize the literature. Journeying together to beautiful sites, the London Lit Salon retreat offers a more intensive immersion in the book while opening the mind to a part of the world illuminated through the beauty of the language.

Past and upcoming retreats include:

  • Reading the Body in Umbria: (29 May – 5 June, 2021) Combining the expansive yoga practice of Jackie Seigler with Toby facilitating Henry James’ A Portrait of a Lady and The Silent Duchess by Dacia Maraini

  • Virginia Woolf in St Ives: (29 September – 3 October, 2021) A five-day course based in St Ives that includes a boat trip to the Godrevy Lighthouse, a luxurious stay in local B&Bs and an informal tour of Woolf’s family holiday home, Talland House

  • Weekend studies in Valencia Spain (November 2019) gave us the opportunity to discover contemporary Spanish writing: Javier Marías’ A Heart So White

 

  • The second Greek Odyssey study for May 2020 considered Homer’s epic poem to consider closely the guest-host relationship, the defining struggle of humans against overwhelming nature, the struggle to know ourselves in foreign spaces, our understanding of the heroic and the role of myth and epic in lived experience

  • Henry James in RyeThe Ambassadors with a visit to the Henry James house and immersion in the medieval town that inspired his work (mid-May 2020)

 

Participant reflection on the first Odyssey May 2019:

“And it was such stirring stuff! It transformed The Odyssey from ever so slightly a form of homework, the better to get to grips with Ulysses, into an unexpectedly powerful, truly immersive and poetic experience – a fascinating study in its own right.”

Upcoming Travel Studies

29sep6:00 pm12:00 pmThe Years by Virginia Woolf Five-day study in St Ives *NEW DATES*STUDY FULL Immersive Study of Woolf's family saga in Cornwall6:00 pm - 12:00 pm St Ives, CornwallType Of Study:Literature,TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Five days

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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
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What’s coming up?

july 2021

07jul6:00 pmSANDPIPER BY ELIZABETH BISHOP**This Study is Now Full**6:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One day

21jul5:00 pmJazz by Toni Morrison Two-night study5:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Two meetings

21jul6:00 pmTHE TYGER by William Blake6:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One day

august 2021

04aug2:00 pmGerard Manley Hopkins: The Windhover*NEW DATE*2:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One day

16aug1:00 pmThe Best of Shakespeare: A Session of Poetry from ‘the Bard of All Bards’Evening session full; NEW TIME available 1:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:One Off Event

september 2021

08sep6:00 pmLong Ago and Far Away: Egil's Saga6:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:Literature,PhilosophyFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Ongoing

13sep3:00 pmThe Guermantes Way -- Volume III of Proust's In Search of Lost TimeVIRTUAL STUDY3:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Three months

14sep4:00 pmHomer's Odyssey4:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Eight weeks

14sep5:00 pmThe Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner*New Study! *5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Five weeks

15sep5:00 pmTHE WINGS OF THE DOVE BY HENRY JAMES5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Nine weeks

22sep5:00 pmTime Regained- Final Volume of Proust's SearchSTUDY FULL5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Eleven weeks

29sep6:00 pmThe Years by Virginia Woolf Five-day study in St Ives *NEW DATES*STUDY FULL Immersive Study of Woolf's family saga in Cornwall6:00 pm St Ives, CornwallType Of Study:Literature,TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Five days

october 2021

06oct1:30 pmFinnegans Wake- The Slow Read1:30 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Nine weeks

07oct2:00 pmMoby Dick by Herman MelvilleNEW STUDY!2:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Three months

11oct5:30 pmMrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf: Five weeksVIRTUAL STUDY 5:30 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Five weeks

november 2021

01nov6:00 pmTHE DUCHESS OF MALFI BY JOHN WEBSTER6:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Seven weeks

january 2022

11jan2:30 pmUlysses by James Joyce: First-timers Afternoon and Evening options*100 year Anniversary special*2:30 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six months

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