More than half the world's children study Shakespeare, but the story of Britain's literature doesn't end with the Bard. Classic writers like Dickens are known around the globe, and modern British writers have their own special magic.

If you'd like to talk about literature in class, there is a Literature is Great lesson plan on the British Council TeachingEnglish site.


Shakespeare, Dickens and more... Britain's literary history is world class, and Richard speaks to experts about some of the country's greatest writers.


Modern-day authors cast their own spells, too, and Richard visits a very magical place to find out about contemporary English writers.

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