Type of event

Evenings of literature, conversation, dinner and drinks

@ Peirene Premises, 17 Cheverton Road, London N19 3BB

'A combination of fringe theatre, psychiatrist's couch, conversazione society and flirtation parlour, the Peirene salon is unlike any other literary gathering. It was intellectually stimulating but full of laughter, argumentative but friendly, seriously focussed on the Novel but without forgetting the Wine. And Meike Ziervogel -- gracious, beautiful and just slightly wicked -- is the best salonniere since Madame Geoffrin in 18th century Paris.' John Walsh, The Independent

'The salons have fast become literary London’s most enjoyable Europhile event.' The Economist

Doors open at 7.30pm. The evening starts with drinks, and the reading will commence at 8.15pm, followed by dinner and wine. Whiskey and coffee are served at 11pm.

Tickets: £15 for Peirene 2016 subscribers, £25 for non-subscribers, £15 for Students/Young Persons (Under-25)

Please note, we can not offer refunds for non-attendance or cancelled tickets.


17th of June 2017: Larry Tremblay, author of Peirene No 23, The Orange Grove

Twin brothers, Amed and Aziz, live in the peaceful shade of their family’s orange grove. But when a bomb kills the boys’ grandparents, they become pawns in their country’s civil war.

Larry Tremblay is a writer, theatre director and actor. He has written thirty books, including two previous novels, The Bicycle Eater and The Obese Christ; one short story collection, Piercing; and numerous volumes of poetry and plays. Tremblay has been short-listed three times for the Governor General’s Award and his writing has been translated into more than a dozen languages. He lives and works in Montreal.



23rd September 2017: Kerstin Hensel, author of Peirene No 24, Dance by the Canal

Growing up in Leibnitz, Gabriela's father is a famous surgeon, her mother a respected society hostess. The girl, however, struggles to fulfil their expectations. A tragicomic satire from the heart of East Germany.

Kerstin Hensel was born in 1961 in Karl-Marx Stadt in the former East Germany and studied in Leipzig. She has published over 30 books: novels, short story collections, poetry and plays. She has won numerous prizes, including the Anna-Seghers prize as well as the Lessing prize for her entire body of work.



2nd December 2017: Anthony Cartwright, author of Peirene Now! No2, The Cut

The Cut is a commissioned novel responding to Brexit. It is a fictional exploration of the forces that split Britain in two.

The Cut is a wound, of course, but it is more than that. Cairo Jukes walks the towpaths of "the cut", the Black Country term for the canals that web this small region of England, the open veins of an old industrial order. And then there is Dudley – a town at the heart of the Black Country – where a young woman runs through the market-place with her clothes on fire. Who is she? Why is she burning? And what part has Cairo played in her life?

Born in Dudley in 1973, Anthony Cartwright is the author of four previous novels, most recently Iron Towns (2016). He has been shortlisted for various literary awards, and he has also published a collaborative novel with Gianluca Favetto, Il giorno perduto (The Lost Day), released in Italy in 2015.

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