title

The Literary Salon

Damian Barr

7
Followers
3
Plays
The Literary Salon
The Literary Salon

The Literary Salon

Damian Barr

7
Followers
3
Plays
OVERVIEWEPISODESYOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Details

About Us

Damian Barr's Literary Salon lures the world's best writers to London to read exclusively from their latest greatest works.

Latest Episodes

Tracey Thorn - Literary Salon Brighton Theatre Royal - June 2019

To read a memoir is to become part of somebody else’s story, to see yourself reflected in their pages. In a special Outsider Memoirs Salon at Brighton's Theatre Royal, Tracey Thorn joined us to share her latest memoir 'Another Planet'. We were taken to the scene of her 1970s childhood where ‘life was slow and very little happened, over and over again’ as her diary records. How did she get from there to Everything But The Girl? And don’t forget to check out our other podcast from the same night, with the brilliant Dustin Lance Black.

57 MINJUL 3
Comments
Tracey Thorn - Literary Salon Brighton Theatre Royal - June 2019

Dustin Lance Black - Literary Salon Brighton Theatre Royal - June 2019

Dustin Lance Black – who wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for Milk and helped overturn California’s anti-gay marriage Proposition 8 – talks with Damian Barr at special Outsider Memoirs Salon at the Theatre Royal in Brighton. Dustin grew up in a conservative Mormon household in Texas. Here he reads t us from his inspiring memoir Mama's Boy, and discusses his childhood, his plucky mother, and much much more. Packed with passion, politics and humour, this is an episode not to be missed! And don’t forget to check out our other podcast from the same night, with the brilliant Tracey Thorn.

63 MINJUL 3
Comments
Dustin Lance Black - Literary Salon Brighton Theatre Royal - June 2019

EXCLUSIVE: Rachel Joyce at Cheltenham Literature Festival

EXCLUSIVE - feast your ears on a never-heard-before podcast special from the Salon archives! Pour yourself a glass of wine and join us at Cheltenham Literature Festival 2017 with the brilliant Rachel Joyce. In this Book and A Bottle Salon, we enjoyed a joyously delicious hour of reading, wine-tasting and talking with the best-selling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Rachel read from her fourth novel The Music Shop, following record-shop owner Frank who can always find the very song to cure customers of their emotional woes. And when you've enjoyed that, be sure to check out our friend Joe Haddow's brilliant literary podcast 'Book Off!'

71 MINMAY 24
Comments
EXCLUSIVE: Rachel Joyce at Cheltenham Literature Festival

EXCLUSIVE: Damian Barr reads from his novel You Will Be Safe Here. Extract 3 of 3

Damian Barr gives an exclusive reading for Salonistas from his debut novel, You Will Be Safe Here. The book is a powerful and urgent novel of two connected South African stories, exploring how the past influences the present and what choices we have - or not - in influencing our destiny. This reading is the final of three released across March. The book is available to preorder now at smarturl.it/m1t2vm and is published in the UK on 4th April and the USA on 14th May 2019.

7 MINMAR 22
Comments
EXCLUSIVE: Damian Barr reads from his novel You Will Be Safe Here. Extract 3 of 3

EXCLUSIVE: Damian Barr reads from his novel You Will Be Safe Here. Extract 2 of 3

Damian Barr gives an exclusive reading for Salonistas from his debut novel, You Will Be Safe Here. The book is a powerful and urgent novel of two connected South African stories, exploring how the past influences the present and what choices we have - or not - in influencing our destiny. This reading is the second of three being released across March. The book is available to preorder now at smarturl.it/m1t2vm and is published in the UK on 4th April and the USA on 14th May 2019.

8 MINMAR 14
Comments
EXCLUSIVE: Damian Barr reads from his novel You Will Be Safe Here. Extract 2 of 3

SALON EXCLUSIVE: Saskia Vogel reads from her novel 'Permission'

Here at Salon we’ve long loved the risk-taking journalism of Saskia Vogel. So we’re delighted to feature her as a Salon Exclusive! Here she reads to us from her debut novel ‘Permission’ - a raw, fresh and very honest love story about dreams, expectations, and the erotic. And grief, yes grief too. When Echo’s father gets swept away by a freak current off the Los Angeles coast, she finds herself sinking into a complete state of paralysis. The book follows the failed young actress as she attempts to seek solace in the best way she knows: losing herself in the lives of strangers. ‘Permission’ is published by Dialogue Books and is out now.

12 MINMAR 13
Comments
SALON EXCLUSIVE: Saskia Vogel reads from her novel 'Permission'

EXCLUSIVE: Damian Barr reads from his novel You Will Be Safe Here. Extract 1 of 3

Damian Barr gives an exclusive reading for Salonistas from his debut novel, You Will Be Safe Here. The book is a powerful and urgent novel of two connected South African stories, exploring how the past influences the present and what choices we have - or not - in influencing our destiny. This reading is the first of three which will be released over the next few weeks. The book is available to preorder now at http://smarturl.it/m1t2vm and is published in the UK on 4th April and the USA on 14th May 2019.

11 MINMAR 5
Comments
EXCLUSIVE: Damian Barr reads from his novel You Will Be Safe Here. Extract 1 of 3

Oceania - Literary Salon - Nov 2018

A special Oceania themed Literary Salon hosted by Damian Barr in the penthouse of New Zealand House to coincide with the major exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. Joining Damian for this special Salon are five leading voices from the Pacific...Māori writers Witi Ihimaera, Tina Makereti and Paula Morris and Pasifika poets David Egglegon and Karlo Mila, all of whom tell stunning Oceanic stories for the 21st century. Damian Barr, award-winning writer, journalist, presenter and salonnière is now an honorary New Zealander by virtue of the fact that on his most recent visit to the country he made headlines and engaged in friendly Twitter exchange with NZ Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern*. *She expressed concern over his dislike of New Zealand cheese. More on the writers... Witi Ihimaera is one of New Zealand’s greatest modern writers; in 1974 he became the first Māori author to publish a novel, and four of his books including Whale Rider have been made into feature films. Tina Make...

91 MINFEB 18
Comments
Oceania - Literary Salon - Nov 2018

Maggie O'Farrell - Literary Salon - Aug 2018

Damian in conversation with Maggie O'Farrell at the Edinburgh Book Festival. She reads from her astonishing memoir I am I am I am. It details her many and various brushes with death and her astonishing will to survive. A warning: someone fainted at the first reading. it's not gory but it is very intense.

52 MINFEB 18
Comments
Maggie O'Farrell - Literary Salon - Aug 2018

Premiere of Damian Barr's Debut Novel: You Will Be Safe Here

So, here it is: the first ever reading from my first ever novel! Where else would I read it for the first time?! It's such a privilege to have all you Salonistas along with me on this journey. I am interviewed by Kirsty Wark - lucky me! The novel has already been previewed in the Guardian, Observer & Financial Times. Here is what the Big Issue had to say in their look ahead to 2019: 'Maggie and Me introduced the world to a startlingly clear and honest working class voice, but for his debut novel Damian Barr has chosen to travel thousands of miles from the North Lanarkshire setting of his lauded memoir. You Will be Safe Here tells the stories of two families separated by a century, but symbolically and viscerally connected. The oppression of a South African family rounded into a concentration camp by English soldiers during the second Boer War is echoed in the modern-day story of Johannesburg teenager Willem, who is ‘not turning out right’ and is sent to a brutal training camp to h...

40 MINFEB 18
Comments
Premiere of Damian Barr's Debut Novel: You Will Be Safe Here

Latest Episodes

Tracey Thorn - Literary Salon Brighton Theatre Royal - June 2019

To read a memoir is to become part of somebody else’s story, to see yourself reflected in their pages. In a special Outsider Memoirs Salon at Brighton's Theatre Royal, Tracey Thorn joined us to share her latest memoir 'Another Planet'. We were taken to the scene of her 1970s childhood where ‘life was slow and very little happened, over and over again’ as her diary records. How did she get from there to Everything But The Girl? And don’t forget to check out our other podcast from the same night, with the brilliant Dustin Lance Black.

57 MINJUL 3
Comments
Tracey Thorn - Literary Salon Brighton Theatre Royal - June 2019

Dustin Lance Black - Literary Salon Brighton Theatre Royal - June 2019

Dustin Lance Black – who wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for Milk and helped overturn California’s anti-gay marriage Proposition 8 – talks with Damian Barr at special Outsider Memoirs Salon at the Theatre Royal in Brighton. Dustin grew up in a conservative Mormon household in Texas. Here he reads t us from his inspiring memoir Mama's Boy, and discusses his childhood, his plucky mother, and much much more. Packed with passion, politics and humour, this is an episode not to be missed! And don’t forget to check out our other podcast from the same night, with the brilliant Tracey Thorn.

63 MINJUL 3
Comments
Dustin Lance Black - Literary Salon Brighton Theatre Royal - June 2019

EXCLUSIVE: Rachel Joyce at Cheltenham Literature Festival

EXCLUSIVE - feast your ears on a never-heard-before podcast special from the Salon archives! Pour yourself a glass of wine and join us at Cheltenham Literature Festival 2017 with the brilliant Rachel Joyce. In this Book and A Bottle Salon, we enjoyed a joyously delicious hour of reading, wine-tasting and talking with the best-selling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Rachel read from her fourth novel The Music Shop, following record-shop owner Frank who can always find the very song to cure customers of their emotional woes. And when you've enjoyed that, be sure to check out our friend Joe Haddow's brilliant literary podcast 'Book Off!'

71 MINMAY 24
Comments
EXCLUSIVE: Rachel Joyce at Cheltenham Literature Festival

EXCLUSIVE: Damian Barr reads from his novel You Will Be Safe Here. Extract 3 of 3

Damian Barr gives an exclusive reading for Salonistas from his debut novel, You Will Be Safe Here. The book is a powerful and urgent novel of two connected South African stories, exploring how the past influences the present and what choices we have - or not - in influencing our destiny. This reading is the final of three released across March. The book is available to preorder now at smarturl.it/m1t2vm and is published in the UK on 4th April and the USA on 14th May 2019.

7 MINMAR 22
Comments
EXCLUSIVE: Damian Barr reads from his novel You Will Be Safe Here. Extract 3 of 3

EXCLUSIVE: Damian Barr reads from his novel You Will Be Safe Here. Extract 2 of 3

Damian Barr gives an exclusive reading for Salonistas from his debut novel, You Will Be Safe Here. The book is a powerful and urgent novel of two connected South African stories, exploring how the past influences the present and what choices we have - or not - in influencing our destiny. This reading is the second of three being released across March. The book is available to preorder now at smarturl.it/m1t2vm and is published in the UK on 4th April and the USA on 14th May 2019.

8 MINMAR 14
Comments
EXCLUSIVE: Damian Barr reads from his novel You Will Be Safe Here. Extract 2 of 3

SALON EXCLUSIVE: Saskia Vogel reads from her novel 'Permission'

Here at Salon we’ve long loved the risk-taking journalism of Saskia Vogel. So we’re delighted to feature her as a Salon Exclusive! Here she reads to us from her debut novel ‘Permission’ - a raw, fresh and very honest love story about dreams, expectations, and the erotic. And grief, yes grief too. When Echo’s father gets swept away by a freak current off the Los Angeles coast, she finds herself sinking into a complete state of paralysis. The book follows the failed young actress as she attempts to seek solace in the best way she knows: losing herself in the lives of strangers. ‘Permission’ is published by Dialogue Books and is out now.

12 MINMAR 13
Comments
SALON EXCLUSIVE: Saskia Vogel reads from her novel 'Permission'

EXCLUSIVE: Damian Barr reads from his novel You Will Be Safe Here. Extract 1 of 3

Damian Barr gives an exclusive reading for Salonistas from his debut novel, You Will Be Safe Here. The book is a powerful and urgent novel of two connected South African stories, exploring how the past influences the present and what choices we have - or not - in influencing our destiny. This reading is the first of three which will be released over the next few weeks. The book is available to preorder now at http://smarturl.it/m1t2vm and is published in the UK on 4th April and the USA on 14th May 2019.

11 MINMAR 5
Comments
EXCLUSIVE: Damian Barr reads from his novel You Will Be Safe Here. Extract 1 of 3

Oceania - Literary Salon - Nov 2018

A special Oceania themed Literary Salon hosted by Damian Barr in the penthouse of New Zealand House to coincide with the major exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. Joining Damian for this special Salon are five leading voices from the Pacific...Māori writers Witi Ihimaera, Tina Makereti and Paula Morris and Pasifika poets David Egglegon and Karlo Mila, all of whom tell stunning Oceanic stories for the 21st century. Damian Barr, award-winning writer, journalist, presenter and salonnière is now an honorary New Zealander by virtue of the fact that on his most recent visit to the country he made headlines and engaged in friendly Twitter exchange with NZ Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern*. *She expressed concern over his dislike of New Zealand cheese. More on the writers... Witi Ihimaera is one of New Zealand’s greatest modern writers; in 1974 he became the first Māori author to publish a novel, and four of his books including Whale Rider have been made into feature films. Tina Make...

91 MINFEB 18
Comments
Oceania - Literary Salon - Nov 2018

Maggie O'Farrell - Literary Salon - Aug 2018

Damian in conversation with Maggie O'Farrell at the Edinburgh Book Festival. She reads from her astonishing memoir I am I am I am. It details her many and various brushes with death and her astonishing will to survive. A warning: someone fainted at the first reading. it's not gory but it is very intense.

52 MINFEB 18
Comments
Maggie O'Farrell - Literary Salon - Aug 2018

Premiere of Damian Barr's Debut Novel: You Will Be Safe Here

So, here it is: the first ever reading from my first ever novel! Where else would I read it for the first time?! It's such a privilege to have all you Salonistas along with me on this journey. I am interviewed by Kirsty Wark - lucky me! The novel has already been previewed in the Guardian, Observer & Financial Times. Here is what the Big Issue had to say in their look ahead to 2019: 'Maggie and Me introduced the world to a startlingly clear and honest working class voice, but for his debut novel Damian Barr has chosen to travel thousands of miles from the North Lanarkshire setting of his lauded memoir. You Will be Safe Here tells the stories of two families separated by a century, but symbolically and viscerally connected. The oppression of a South African family rounded into a concentration camp by English soldiers during the second Boer War is echoed in the modern-day story of Johannesburg teenager Willem, who is ‘not turning out right’ and is sent to a brutal training camp to h...

40 MINFEB 18
Comments
Premiere of Damian Barr's Debut Novel: You Will Be Safe Here

Listen Now On Himalaya