Literature UK

In this section you can watch animated videos of five of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. You can also read short stories and poems written by British authors.

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Would you like to go on a cruise? This short story is set on a cruise ship and has a very funny ending.
Cold Knap Lake is a poem by Gillian Clarke, a poet from Wales. The poem is based on a real memory from her childhood. 
What will happen when David tries out Boffin’s lie detector at school? Sometimes, the truth can be a little too close for comfort.
picture of a genie
Did you use to read fairy tales when you were younger? Here's a modern fairy tale with a difference!
Have you ever seen any photos of your parents when they were younger? Did they look like you?
Do you have anything delivered to your door? Maybe the newspaper or a magazine? Maybe a bottle of milk, or even a carton of orange juice?
Do you like the age that you are right now? If you could suddenly become older or younger, which age would you choose?
We are in Denmark, and Hamlet's father, the king, is now dead. Hamlet's uncle has married Hamlet’s mother, and become the new king. A ghost appears, saying he is the dead king, and tells Hamlet he must take revenge.
Scotland is at war, and the hero of the battle is Macbeth. This is the story of Macbeth's rise to power, and the terrible consequences of his ambition.
In a beautiful Italian town, love is in the air. But the path of true love is never easy, especially when other people try to cause problems.
In the Italian city of Verona, two families hate each other. Romeo is from the Montague family and Juliet is a Capulet, but they fall in love at first sight. This is their tragic love story.
Prospero was once the ruler of Milan, but he has been trapped on an island with his daughter for 12 years. When he uses his magic to create a violent storm, we see that he has a plan for his enemies.
This short story by Ron Butlin is much darker than the title suggests. Does colour always fade with time?
Do you agree with the saying that a woman's work is never done? Levi Tafari does, and he wrote this poem to tell the world about his very special mum.
Are you a football fan? David Rooney, the main character in this story, is crazy about football. One day he discovers that the old man who is his next door neighbour has an interesting past.