Thursday 7th February 2013

Beyond the Book


Where do you place yourself on the book scale? Do you judge others by the books they have on their shelves? Do you consider books not to be a proper present? Is the book still the best tool with which to communicate ideas?

Our first Salon of 2013 is all about celebrating both books and beyond as we launch our inaugural Transmission prize.  We will be enabling you to reflect, consider perhaps even re-engage with some of the ideas we covered in 2012, from urban birding, to your sense of philosophical self, your control over time, your ability to change the world, the soundscape of the natural world, the transformative power of positive actions on the brain or understanding your physical self through a virtual autopsy.  Which were the biggest, most relevant and most beautiful ideas you heard?

To help you get to grips with such subjects Stevyn Colgan will be leading us through a labyrinth of lateral thinking.  Steve is a world expert on unlocking creative thought and will demonstrate his talent by linking the work of all our experts and, in doing so, helping you to understand the mechanics behind lateral thinking.  In this masterclass he will give you the skills to go lateral on any problems you might be facing in your work, social or secret lives. 

We will also be looking at the power of bibliotherapy, designed by Ella Berthoud to unleash in to our lives the magic held between two end papers.  You’ll be the first to witness a bibliotherapy LIVE session focusing in on the books we unknowingly need to read. In the chair for this experimental slot, ready to have his literary past probed and future prescribed will be our favourite friend in fiction, Salonniere of the East, author Damian Barr.

And finally our friends at Hendrick’s gin have scientifically crafted a range of cocktails to reflect those big themes of Salon 2012.  As you relax and enjoy one of their creations, consider all you have heard we will reveal which Salon speaker has done the most to take their work to audiences beyond their books, such as those who attend interactive, cultural monthlies held in fabulous places such as your very own Salon.  

Salon London February 7th 2013, at Foyles Bookshop, Charing Cross Rd, from 6:30pm. 




  • Damian Barr

    Damian Barr

    Therapeutic Books

    Damian Barr, is a writer, columnist, playwright and salonnière. He has co-written two plays for BBC Radio Four and his first book was published by Hodder. Get It Together made the quarterlife crisis the must-have modern malaise. He . . .
  • Ella Berthoud

    Ella Berthoud

    Bibliotherapy Live. Standon Calling 2013.

    Ella Berthoud started reading on a journey from Tehran to London, on the parcel shelf of a Wolsey 1300 when she was five. She spent the next thirteen years reading books in inappropriate places, we hear even on trampolines. She studied . . .
  • Stevyn Colgan

    Stevyn Colgan

    Six Degrees of Information

      Spotting connections is in my DNA. For thirty years I worked in criminal intelligence. I researched and analysed crimes and community problems and helped design solutions that were more permanent and sustainable than the usual . . .


  • Foyles

    113-119 Charing Cross RoadLondon

    WC2H 0EB