Damian Barr’s Literary Salon featuring David Nicholls, Lynn Barber and Louise Welsh

By Paola Bassanese

Trying hard not to feel envious of Lynn Barber was a real challenge at Damian Barr’s Literary Salon on 14th April 2014 (held at the stunning Ladies’ Smoking Room at St Pancras Hotel Renaissance).

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Lynn not only interviewed the Who’s Who that Matter but as a young journalist (working at Penthouse, no less) she got to spend 5 days in Paris with Salvador Dali. Each hour she spent with him was sheer performance: he always thrived on having an audience surrounding him, as the true narcissist he was.

There was also a fantastic reading by Louise Welsh of her book A Lovely Way to Burn, which was intriguing and alarming at the same time.

David Nicholls read from his upcoming book Us, which is still unpublished and it was a pure joy to listen to him.