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.

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


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

Brian Aldiss: Grandmaster of Science Fiction

“To stop other boys teasing me [ at school ], I told terrifying stories. If any of them cried out in horror for me to stop, I had triumphed; they were never going to mock me.” – Brian Aldiss

How do we decide what goes into the dictionary?

Dictionaries are usually out of date by the day they are published… publishing one can take up to five years.

English Heritage: Women in History

From the very first female medical professionals to the photographer who ventured into enemy territory during the Second World War, women from all walks of life have helped pave the way for female emancipation.

From Broadsheet to Tabloid and Beyond

Readers, while admitting the convenience of the Kindle et. al., still yearn for the touch of a ‘real’ book between their fingers. Is the same true for newspapers?

Bruce wins Bannockburn

A History of Rivalry: England v Scotland

William Wallace’s uprising, in which he famously defeated the English forces at the Battle of Stirling Bridge. saw him rule Scotland as Guardian of the Realm for a short time, until he was captured by the English and executed for treason.

Somerset Beheaded

The Wars of the Roses

The ongoing conflict that followed the initial royal defeat would become known as the Wars of the Roses, during which a series of battles were fought between the two rival sides of the royal House of Plantagenet for the throne of England.

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