Visit Britain apologises for England-only ‘classic British literature’ map
Visit Britain have apologised after publishing a tweet that celebrated “British literature” – but only mentioned works set in England and by English authors.
Figures including broadcaster Huw Edwards and singer Cerys Matthews joined in the ciricism of the message that included a map of the UK but left Wales blank and Scotland out of the picture.
“Harry Potter, Dracula, Wuthering Heights and so many more. Explore the places that inspired those and other classics and sent British literature around the world,” the tweet said.
The map included William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and Beatrix Potter, but no authors based in Wales or Scotland.
“Erm… some rather important things missing from this ‘British’ list…” Huw Edwards said.
“You confuse Britain with England,” Cerys Matthews said.
Others complained that the image left out Welsh authors such as Roald Dahl and Dylan Thomas, and that the works were all in English.
The tweet received a similarly frosty reception in Scotland.
“(1) We’re not supposed to be exploring places. (2) DO NOT VISIT BRITAIN RIGHT NOW, ANYONE. (3) That’s actually *England*,” blogger Stuart Campbell tweeted.
“Please Visit Britain try harder or rename yourself Visit England,” journalist Gerry Hassan said.
A spokesman for Visit Britain said: “The Visit England literary heroes map was tweeted from VisitBritain’s consumer channel in error and the tweet has since been removed.
“Visit Britain apologises for the mistake.”