Great Britain and Northern Ireland are home to an enviable suite of literary figures, both past and present, from Geoffrey Chaucer to Jane Austen, Shakespeare to JK Rowling. VisitBritain's British Literary Guide gives a good summary of some of our key literary figures. The UK's storytellers and stories are coveted worldwide and their legacy continues to contribute to Bristish culture, tourism and creative economy.
Looking at what is happening now and soon in the realms of storytelling, Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), pointed out in a speech at the Creative Industries Federation International Summit in October 2018 that we are "the largest exporter of physical books in the world" and that "our films earn one sixth of global receipts”. He also spoke about how traditional channels for storytelling were merging with new channels such as digital, AR and VR and the positive opportunity this presented for the creative sector. He said: "Theatre is blending with film; and computer programming with sculpture. We have virtual reality curatorship, animated artworks, video games scored by classical music composers. It’s this spirit that gives us a huge competitive advantage, brings in new audiences and puts us in a prime position for the future."