Articles by Kath Bates

Dr Kathryn Bates is a graduate of archaeology and history. She has excavated across the world as an archaeologist, and tutored medieval history at Leicester University. She joined the administrative team at Oxford Open Learning twelve years ago. Alongside her distance learning work, Dr Bates is a bestselling novelist, and an itinerant creative writing tutor for primary school children.

Success through Peace: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Although King didn’t remove racial prejudice, his work made a massive impact in bringing global attention to the problem.

The Rise of the Audiobook

In an article on the popularity of audiobooks in 2016, GQ Magazine asked if audiobooks “were the new Netflix”, implying that people were binge-listening to books, just as they binge-watched TV boxed sets.

The Men Who Supported Women’s Suffrage

Men who supported women … often had to put up with ridicule and many risked their careers.

Are we ageing faster or slower than before?

As recently as the early 1990’s, anyone over 50 was considered to be hurtling toward old age. Now, traditional measures of age no longer work.

The January Blues

The National Health Service recognises

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Hansel Monday

If a gift on Handsel Monday was to be an item rather than money, then tradition dictates that the object could not be sharp, or it would “cut” the relationship between the giver and the recipient.

The History of the Christmas Stocking…

For his first visit, St Nicholas is said to have ridden his white horse past a merchant’s house one night and thrown three bags of gold coins down the chimney. The bags were caught in the tops his daughters’ stockings, which had been hung by the fireplace to dry.

Alfred Nobel: More than just Dynamite

Nobel was, in his time, most well known for his development of the explosives nitro-glycerine and dynamite. Surprising for the creator of the peace and other progressive prizes we associate him with now, you may think.

Why is Sherlock Holmes still so popular?

It has to be the combination of Sherlock’s intellect, his fascinating skills of deduction and observation, as well as the manner in which Holmes works, that draws us in.


Why do we like a scary story?

From a scientific perspective, our bodies are always on the lookout for danger. When we are afraid, we go into a state which, although unsettling and frightening, also gives us an adrenalin rush

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