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Damian Barr's Literary Salon

We’re delighted to announce our new partnership with Damian Barr’s Literary Salon, where readers and writers come together through special live events and online content including revealing interviews, must-listen podcasts & brand-new stories. It’s where the world’s best writers, emerging and established, share new books and reveal their own personal stories.

Want to hear Maggie O’Farrell read from Hamnet for the first time? Find out why Garth Greenwell never names his narrator? Stand at the Door of No Return with Yaa Gyasi? The Salon is the right place. And we’re delighted to be partnering with them over the coming months, bringing you a mix of exciting new content, a monthly reading list jointly curated between ourselves and the Salon, exclusive access to some of the Salon’s best interviews and bookish giveaways!

Award-winning writer, journalist and Salon host Damian Barr says of the partnership:

“Stories are at the heart of my life – reading them and writing them. The Reading Agency recognises the power and value of reading at every stage of your life. We feel the same way here at Salon. This partnership will help Salon and The Reading Agency share their passion for stories and hopefully encourage and empower more readers.”

More about Damian Barr’s Literary Salon:

Since their first glamorous gathering at Shoreditch House in 2008, the Salon has grown from a series of events to a global community of readers and writers. Their main home for in-person Salons is the glittering and storied Savoy. They also pop up in other venues across the UK and around the world, including Moscow, Istanbul, Sydney, Auckland, São Paulo, San Francisco, Toronto and Kuala Lumpur. And they host an ever-growing range of online Salons, readings and interviews across their Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and website.

The Salon’s podcast is a must-listen and features over 150 in-depth interviews ranging from emerging stars to established names including works-in-progress and world premieres. It can be found on all your favourite podcast platforms, Lit Hub radio and British Airways flights, and stars Maggie O’Farrell, Diana Athill, Jojo Moyes, Anthony Anaxagorou, Tracey Thorn, Okechukwu Nzelu, John Waters, David Mitchell, Yaa Gyasi, A M Homes, Garth Greenwell, Mary Beard, Natalie Haynes, David Nicholls, Armistead Maupin and many more…

They’ve also brought books back to telly with the Salon-inspired Big Scottish Book Club and Shelf Isolation on BBC Scotland which you can catch on BBC iPlayer.

We’re really pleased to be working with the fantastic team at the Salon, keep checking in on our socials to see what we’ll be getting up to!

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