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Mondrian London launches Literary Salons

April 20, 2015

BooksEventsHotels & SpasLifestyleLiterature | by Vicky Ilankovan

40DSC_6346LitSalon260115(c)HoneybunnPhotographyListen up literati: there’s a reason to tear your eyes from the page and it’s very swish indeed. On the 20th April 2015, Mondrian London launches Literary Salons, where London’s finest will be re-kindling their love for a good read at an event that’s geared to deliver the ultimate culture fix.

This will be the first in a series of Literary Salons hosted by Damian Barr – also a Radio 4 presenter and a Times journalist – at Mondrian London (the design hotel that caused a sensation when it opened in September last year on the South Bank).

Barr formerly ran successful Salons at hipster hideout Shoreditch House, but he has since moved upwards – literally – to Mondrian London‘s rooftop lounge Rumpus Room, where the glittering panorama of London carved out against the dusk may well distract from the literary talent in question.

Of those scheduled to speak; first up will be Kate Norbury, who will read from her melancholy account of a journey spent following a river from source to sea, The Fish Ladder. Sarah Winman, acclaimed author of When God Was a Rabbit, will debut her much-anticipated second novel, A Year of Marvellous Ways on the night, while bestselling music artist Tracey Thorn will recount extracts of her follow-up memoir Naked at the Albert Hall. Between readings, host Barr will set the scene with an interview-style Q&A session with each author.

The evening will commence at 6.30pm, though ticketholders are invited to enjoy dinner beforehand or afterwards at the hotel’s restaurant, Sea Containers – which has just opened its riverside terrace – for a set 3-course menu including a cocktail for £25 per person. For those whose heads are too heavy to face making their way home, you can sink into slumber at Mondrian London with a special room rate of 15% off the best available rate.

Following the inaugural evening, successive events will take place on 8th June, 7th September and 9th November – with confirmed appearances from broadcaster, critic and columnist Caitlin Moran, actor and poet Owen Sheers, novelist Jojo Moyes and author and academic Elif Safak. So fix up, look sharp and evacuate the library; you’ll be thanking us for it.

Seats for 20th April 2015 are sold out. Tickets for further events are available at www.eventbrite.co.uk for £15 including a welcome cocktail. 15% off room rate with promo code DSLITE on mondrianlondon.com / 020 3747 1000

Annie Biziou