Damian Barr's Literary Salon

Saturday, 16 August 2014 from 17:30 to 18:30 (BST)

Dearest Salonistas,

You’ve been missing us and we’ve been missing you, so we’re staging a special Summer Salon at the Seven Dials Club in Covent Garden {London] as part of Seven Dials Spotlight.

For the first time, we’re going all other worldly. And very site-specific!

Samantha Shannon will take us on a very futuristic foray to a very shady Seven Dials in the year 2059.  The Bone Season, her debut novel and the first in a series, is already a worldwide best-seller. It follows 19 year old Paige Mahoney who works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials. Her job: to break into people's minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing. No wonder Andy Serkis (Mr Gollum) is making it into a movie!

Jonathan Grimwood’s latest novel has been compared, happily, to PerfumeThe Last Banquet and you’ll find out why. is a sumptuous sensual feast packed with delicious detail and decadent glamour. Set in a France bubbling with revolution, it follows orphaned aristocrat Jean-Marie d'Aumout, an epicurean of extraordinary boldness who becomes keeper of the king’s menagerie and prepares the ‘ultimate’ banquet. Delish!

From 12-7pm the whole of Seven Dials will be traffic-free so that afternoon we’re also doing a wee 15 minute pop-up right on that roundabout! There will be plenty going on with local theatres and shops flaunting their joys and wares. For all information about the performances and promotions happening throughout the day go to www.sevendials.co.uk or follow @7dialslondon

Tickets for this special Summer Salon with Samantha Shannon and Jonathan Grimwood are just £5 and all profits go to The Covent Garden Dragon Hall Trust which was established in 2003 to provide a community facility in the heart of Covent Garden & Holborn, to serve the needs of local residents, local communities and the wider public in an area with great divergence between wealth and poverty.


© Jonathan Grimwood