Modern-day authors cast their own spells, too, and Richard visits a very magical place to find out about contemporary English writers.

Task 1

Which is the best summary of the video?


Task 2

Watch the video again, and choose the best answer.


Task 3

Drag and drop the words to complete the sentences.


Task 4

Complete the paragraph about Philip Pullman by typing the missing words into the spaces.




Language level

Advanced: C1
Upper intermediate: B2


wow! such many new phrases! " such a breeding ground for writing talent", "get sb to draw upon", "shivers up their spine". Would you mind explaining these phrases (i think) for me?

Hello kristina26,

Have you tried using the Cambridge Dictionaries Online search window for this?  You can find the information you need for these phrases there.  Try typing into the window (on the right) each of these:

'breeding ground'

'draw on'

'shiver up your spine'

As you can see, you can get definitions and examples using the search tool.  You can also get example pronunciation of the phrases, which is something we can't do for you in the comments here.

I hope that helps you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Could you please explain ".. sit on the edge of their seats..." (at 03:22)? Does it mean 'these novels make people silent and enjoy reading' with the meaning of 'sit on'? If so, what about 'edge'? I mean, for example, 'that novel makes her sit on her seat' is possible?

Hello Aung Thet Naing,
If you are on the edge of your seat then you are extremely excited and can't wait to find out what is going to happen next.  We often use it when we're talking about films, stories, or even anecdotes:
'And what happened next?  Come on, tell me, I'm on the edge of my seat here!'
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

amazing video but unfortunately i can't understand everything they said....

Hello widad widi,
I'm glad you like the video but it is quite challenging and perhaps some of the other videos on the site might be a little easier for you to start with.  Remember also that there are some things you can do to make videos, including this one, easier.  For example, you might try using the transcript to help you?  You can find it just below the video window and it you can try listening and reading at the same time, or read the transcript first, looking up some of the vocabulary if necessary, and then try listening.
 Let us know if these suggestions help you, and keep going with your English studies!
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello. I come from Portugal.
I Discovered this site in the last Sunday, and I love it. Now i hope improve my english, essentially the listening, the speanking and the writing. Thank for all!
I am not harry potter fan, but its incredible  its success. I never read any books that you mentioned, because I prefer Portuguese literature like Fernando Pessoa, Luís de Camões or more recently Virgilio Ferreira ou José Luís Peixoto.
I couldn't write a novel because i have no capacity to write big texts :S

Hello Adam,
Could you please explain the meaning of "as has" in the sentence "...The Lord of the Rings have also been turned into movies as has that other icon of British fiction..."?
Looking forward your reply,
Aung Thet Naing

Hello Aung THet Naing,
The meaning of 'as has' here is 'and the same is true of'.  The 'has' part is there because the sentence has a present perfect form ('have also been turned into'), but you can use 'as + auxiliary verb' with different tenses.  For example:
Peter works at LearnEnglish.  Adam works at LearnEnglish. (present simple; auxiliary verb = do/does)
> Peter works at Learn English, as does Adam.
Manchester is a city in the north of English.  Leeds is a city in the north of England. (present form of 'be'; auxiliary verb = am/is/are)
> Manchester is a city in the north of England, as is Leeds.
I will be late today.  Jill will be late today. (will future; auxiliary verb = will)
> I will be late today, as will Jill.
I hope that clears it up for you.  Thanks for an interesting question that I'm sure others have wanted to ask too.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I watched this video and the previous one.I like both of them ,but a little problem encounters me which is about understanding every thing.On one side I can understand about 50% of what is he talking about, but one the other hand I can answer correctly 90% of the tasks. so what can I do to understanding the British accent better.