Damian Barr’s Literary Salon
Damian Barr's Literary Salon tempts the world’s finest writers to the world's loveliest venues to read from their latest greatest works and share their own stories. We are the UK’s most popular independent live literary event. Our current London home is the Savoy Hotel.
We showcase established names alongside emerging talents. It’s where David Nicholls launched One Day and Caitlin Moran unveiled her Moranifesto. Patrick Gale shared A Place Called Winter as a work in progress and Maggie O’Farrell gave us a glimpse of Instruction for a Heatwave when it didn’t even have a title. SJ Watson got site-specific with a sex scene in St Pancras. Helen Fielding read from printer-fresh pages and Jojo Moyes reduced us all to tears before anyone else with Me Before You. Yaa Gyasi, Garth Greenwell and Taiye Selasi all made their UK debut with us.
Thanks to the British Council we've popped up in Moscow, Istanbul, Sydney, Auckland, Sao Paolo, San Francisco, Toronto and Kuala Lumpur. Polly Samson and David Gilmour swung by our Salon with Jonathan Lee at the Ace Hotel in NYC.
Currently the Salon is available as in-flight entertainment on British Airways.
Alongside our regular Salons we develop and create bespoke events for brands, business’ and venues. We have an experienced production team available to deliver events to a live audience and online across our hugely popular social channels.
Partners include the National Trust, Hendrick’s Gin, Soho House, Hay, The Man Booker Prize, the BBC National Short Story Award, Corney & Barrow, the Savoy.