Following on from Tuesday’s World Book Night event on London’s Southbank, I was lucky enough to be in the audience at Damian Barr’s Literary Salon the following evening. A monthly event with readings from some of the best writers around, the Lit Salon usually held in Shoreditch House (though last week’s was held in the equally glamorous Soho House) and attracts a booky crowd whose mutual passions include good books and even better cocktails.
Damian Barr is a journalist, author and host of the Literary Salon which is now in its fifth year. Having interviewed a host of literary greats since its conception, last week’s Lit Salon was no exception with readings from Lottie Moggach, Deborah Levy and Susie Boyt. Having recently both read and reveiwed Kiss Me First – Moggach’s debut novel, and Swimming Home by Deborah Levy, I was particularly interested to hear their readings and excited to hear from Susie Boyt, whose work I have not yet read.
With current stats showing that 1 in 3 households don’t own a single book, it was encourage to see the venue fit to burst, with more attendees that seats; proof that the art of reading is far from dead. Lottie’s reading from Kiss Me First gave a tempting insight into what will no doubt be one of the biggest debuts of the year, while both Susie Boyt and Deborah Levy read beautifully from their latest novels. The subsequent interviews with Damian gave the audience further insights into the work of the authors and it was particularly interesting to hear more about their relationship with writing and the reason behind the books from which they read.
A fantastic evening with great company, fabulous food, delicious drinks and brilliant book chat, Damian Barr’s Lit Salon expertly fuses literature and glamour, making it an absolute must for anyone with a remote interest in either.