This year all eyes are going to be on the UK thanks to the London Olympics, but this doesn’t just mean that people are going to be visiting to get a seat in the Olympic Stadium or keeping their eyes glued to the TV, it’s also going to increase interest in the country as a whole.
Every time an international event takes place it suddenly becomes cool to take an interest in the hosting country as people become fascinated with the country and its history and many even decide to go for a holiday there afterwards. Think about past events, such as the World Cup, the Olympic Games, the Winter Olympics, the Cricket World Cup, London Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week – the list goes on! After each of these events there’s always a buzz around the country or city for a long while afterwards, and it isn’t just the main event that gets all of the attention.
Britain has some amazing literature to its name and is home to some of the best authors in the world. To namedrop a few, there’s William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, J. K. Rowling, C. S. Lewis, Roald Dahl and many, many others to choose from. This long list is ready and waiting for events such as the Olympics, because instantly afterwards people all over the world will be scrambling to get their hands on something pertaining to the UK.
And, of course, this increased interest in our little island will also mean that a vast amount of money will be injected into the country as a whole, and the arts and literature scene is sure to get a hefty sum. There can always be more funding for these sectors and writers everywhere are just brimming with ideas but haven’t been given the chance to show the world their written gems just yet. The Olympics will bring so much income to the UK that these writers will be able to get the help they need to produce their works, while also having a waiting audience to buy them!
It’ll also make Brits themselves feel some patriotic pride in their own country and there’s no better way to enjoy Britain than to settle down with a great book written by one of our own. We’ve got so many amazing authors that you could spend a lifetime creating a library dedicated to UK literature, so why not spend some time enjoying it?
Do you think British literature will get some help from the Olympics?
This post was contributed by Rachel Smith, an avid reader who is always on the look out for the best fiction books for a great read.