Literature in Britain Today

As the national body responsible under Royal Charter for ‘the advancement of literature’ in the UK, we have decided to ask the nation what it thinks about literature. Our ground-breaking opinion poll, carried out by Ipsos MORI, is, as far as we know, the first time that anyone has attempted to find out how many people read literature, what it means to them, and which writers they see as writers of literature.

Read the full Literature in Britain Today report.

Join in the discussion on Twitter using #LiteratureMatters.

Illustration by Anna Trench.

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