As well as hosting live events, I often pop up on the radio and sometimes I manage to squeeze my 6'4" self onto your telly too.

I'm bringing books back to TV! From Autumn 2019, I'll be hosting a new Salon-inspired show called The Big Scottish Book Club on BBC Scotland and it will go direct to iPlayer so everyone can watch. Each week I meet a trio of acclaimed writers. Each episode will be filmed as live and performed in front of an audience - you could be there! The Big Scottish Book Club shines a spotlight on Scottish Writers and celebrates books and writers from all around the world.

You can also catch me on Sky Arts from the 7th - 13th October 2019 at 7pm-10pm presenting Sky Arts Live at Cheltenham Literature Festival alongside Andi Oliver and Miquita Oliver. As well as the live coverage I’ll be hosting the Book Banquet, in which prominent authors discuss a range of books and the Book Doctor, where I’ll be diagnosing the reading habits of a variety of festival guests.

Sometimes you’re chopping onions and my voice appears in your kitchen. I frequently guest on Radio 4 and occasionally host Front Row - Dolly Parton, Javier Marías and Brad Pitt are among my favourite interviewees.  In 2016 I hosted my first half-hour doc on BBC One revealing The Writers of Rye (the joy of Mapp & Lucia!).

My Literary Salon is on iTunes and British Airways so do order a G&T and listen in.

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Listen to the literary salon on itunes

Damian Barr's Literary Salon tempts the world's best writers to read exclusively from their latest greatest works and share their own personal stories. Star guests have included Bret Easton Ellis, Jojo Moyes, John Waters, Helen Fielding, Diana Athill and Louis de Bernières - all in front of a live audience at leading glamourous locations. Suave salonnière Damian Barr is your host. Don't worry it's not a book club - there's no homework. Salon Selective! Produced by Russell Finch.

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As part of BBC’s Books That Made Britain, The Times critic Damian Barr is joined by authors, critics and book lovers alike as he spends a week exploring the East Sussex town of Rye and the literary world it inspired.

Don’t worry if you missed one of our Salons - you can watch them on our YouTube Channel.

If you’d like to attend one of our Salons, head over to the Literary Salon website for events & tickets.

Welcome to Damian Barr's Literary Salon! Where the world's best writers share new books and reveal their own stories. Our home is the Savoy in London but we pop up all over the world and now we're bringing exclusive literary loveliness to YouTube.