Damian Barr’s Literary Salon

Sarah Southern

Monday night was quite the cultured evening.  My friend Rebecca had bought tickets for us to attend Damian Barr’s Literary Salon at the Savoy.  Quite grand surroundings to start the week in.  Damian Barr began his salon a few years ago, I believe in smaller venues such as Shoreditch House, and it has gained quite a following and now is able to sell the Savoy ballroom.

Damian wrote a book a few years ago called Maggie & Me about his experience of growing up in Scotland whilst Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minster.  I was someone’s plus-one for his book launch of this and had the pleasure of meeting Damian and see what a fun and warm man he is.  As such, I was looking forward to experiencing his Literary Salon.

The evening starts with a glass of fizz (part of your ticket!) and an opportunity to chat with other people on your table.  Damian then opens the evening with some light, funny chat before welcoming his first author.  On Monday we had the pleasure of Tim Murphy, Amor Towles and Reverend Richard Coles.  Each gave a reading from their book, had a in-depth chat with Damian and then a question or two from the audience.Half way through was an interval to get more fizz from the bar and to listen to the house band.  All very civil and enjoyable.

It is definitely a very well read group and it was standing room only for some.  I would definitely suggest getting there early to bag yourself a seat.  If you can’t make it to the Savoy the evening is recorded and I believe uploaded to i-tunes, and I think, British Airways play it on their planes too!

Tickets for future Literary Salons can be booked online.  Details via on Facebook.

Sarah Southern