Since 2016 it has been based at the Savoy, where this month Adam Kay, Tracey Thorn and Rose McGowan will help celebrate a whole glorious decade of literary love, with an epic night of memoir and memories. The authors will join Barr to share their distinctly powerful voices, and yet another WORLD PREMIERE!
Check your pulse because the world’s most famous former doctor will see you now -‐ Adam Kay promises This Is Going To Hurt. The iconic Tracey Thorn returns to the Salon for the world premier of her latest memoir Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia. And we ask what it means -‐ and what it takes -‐ to be Brave, with the revolutionary Rose McGowan.
Helen Fielding read exclusively from printer-‐fresh pages, as did Andrew O’Hagan. Maggie O’Farrell, Jojo Moyes and Patrick Gale all premiered their last three novels at Barr’s Salon. At only our third salon David Nicholls revealed One Day and at the latest in June 2018, Graham Norton chose the Salon to premiere his second novel, A Keeper.
As Salonnière this past decade (Barr keeps the feminine spelling to honour the French pioneers Madames Geoffrin and Pompadour), Barr has led over 200 conversations on stages all around the world. With British Council support the Salon has toured from Istanbul to San Francisco, from Auckland to Moscow. A mini-‐tour with the luminous Polly Samson took us from Sao Paolo to New York and featured a cameo by David Gilmour talking stories and song writing.
At February 2019’s salon at the Savoy, almuna and friend of the Salon Kirsty Wark will switch places with
Barr, to interview him about his debut novel, You Will Be Safe Here.
The Salon now hosts specials at the Theatre Royal Brighton and the most recent there featured the majestic
Mary Beard and the brilliant Natalie Haynes – two powerful women on women and power.
The Salon is regularly in the Top 10 Literary Podcasts on iTunes and has been listened to over 300,000 times all around the world, including countries where books are often banned. It is also carried as inflight entertainment on British Airways.
To mark the Salon’s 10th year, the Savoy announced Damian Barr to be the hotel’s first Literary Ambassador and, as well as hosting the Salons, he is revitalising their Writer-‐in-‐residence programme with new and diverse voices, and launching a Book Butler Scheme.
This relationship reiterates the Savoy’s commitment to culture, which has seen it long be loved by the literary world -‐ Emile Zola, Mark Twain, Somerset Maugham and countless others having enjoyed the hotel’s hospitality since it opened in 1889.
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ABOUT DAMIAN BARR’S LITERARY SALON
The Lancaster Ballroom, The Savoy,
Strand, London WC2R 0EZ
Doors: 7pm, Salon begins 7.30pm Tickets:
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ABOUT DAMIAN BARRDamian Barr is an award-‐winning writer, columnist and salonnière.
‘Maggie & Me’, his memoir about coming of age and coming out in Thatcher’s Britain, was a Radio 4 Book of the Week and Sunday Times Memoir of the Year winning the Paddy Power Political Books ‘Satire’ Award and Stonewall Writer of the Year. Literary Editor of Soho House magazine, Damian writes columns for the Big Issue and the Sunday Times and often pops up on Radio 4. The Guardian named him ‘one of the most connected men in publishing’ and his first novel ‘You Will Be Safe Here’ is due out spring 2019.
ABOUT THE SAVOYThe Savoy, a Fairmont Managed Hotel, has long been established with the literary world. Emile Zola, Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, Somerset Maugham and many other writers have enjoyed the hospitality of The Savoy since it first opened in 1889. In 2002 a Writer’s in Residence scheme began with distinguished author, Fay Weldon the first modern writer to accept the position. Fay’s tenure as Writer-‐in-‐Residence was followed by that of author Kathy Lette, and New Yorker, Frank McCourt. Frank’s autobiography of his childhood in Limerick, Angela’s Ashes, was an international best seller and he became the hotel’s first literary ambassador in the US. In January 2007 children’s author Michael Morpurgo OBE took up the role. Michael is one of the UK’s best-‐known children’s authors and has written over 90 books, five of which have been made into films.