Media

I am always happy to receive contacts from journalists and media organisations. I have been interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Five Live, and many BBC local radio stations (including a regular slot reviewing the papers on Llewela Bailey’s Sunday Breakfast show on BBCWM).

Most recently I appeared on the ‘Christmas Traditions’ episode of BBC’s Countryfile with Charlotte Smith. The episode can be watched on iPlayer until December 2022

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0012w37/countryfile-christmas-traditions

Sara Read and Charlotte Smith filming Counrtryfile

I write articles for newspapers such as the iNews, The Yorkshire Post, the Independent and The Conversation. A list of titles and topics is given at the bottom of the page.

In November 2021, I recorded “Giving Birth in the Seventeenth Century,” a BBC History Extra podcast series about childbirth in the early modern era and her novel on the same topic.  

Since 2012, I have written features for history magazines such as the periodicals Discover Your Ancestors, Who Do You Think You Are?, History Today, Your Family History and others.

I have appeared in a number of short films. Some examples are below.

An Analysis of Paradise Lost by John Milton: Book 9 for A-level Students
A Summary of Paradise Lost by John Milton: Book 10 for A-level Students
When Fake News Cancelled Christmas

Gill, C., and S. Read. 2022. “‘Sallets’ – how to eat healthily the 1600s way.” The Conversation. 

Read, S. 2021. “‘And So to Bed…” Discover Your Ancestors. 10: 138-143. 

Read, S. 2021. “A Woman of Masculine Bravery: The Life of Brilliana, Lady Harley (1598-1643).” The Historian, 151: 36-39. 

Greenlees, J., A. Ford, and S. Read. 2021. “What we can learn from women’s experiences of giving birth during the pandemic.” The Independent.

Greenlees, J., A. Ford, and S. Read. 2021. “How women’s experience of birth during COVID-19 can help improve childbirth in future.” The Conversation.

Greenlees, J., A. Ford, and S. Read. 2021. “From the great plague to the 1918 flu, history shows that disease outbreaks make inequality worse.” The Conversation.

Read, S. 2020. “Pilgrims and Pioneers: Mayflower 400 Anniversary.” Discover Your Ancestors. 9: 40-46. 

Read, S. 2020. “Etched in Stone.” Bristol Magazine. 64.

Read, S. 2020. “A Daughter’s Defence.” Discover Your Ancestors. 87: 22-7.

Gill. C., and S. Read. 2019. “How Women and the Moon Intertwine in Literature.” The Conversation.

Read, S. 2019. “Menses: A Medical History in Fatuity.” Outlook India. 30-5.

Read, S. 2019. “‘Cold Comforts’: The Story of the Little Ice Age.” Discover Your Ancestors. 8:130-35. 

Read, S. 2018. “Women and Scenes.” Discover Your Ancestors. 7:130-35.

Evans, J. and S. Read. 2017. “Horrid Coughs and Sneezes and Dead Diseases.” iNews and The Yorkshire Post.

Read, S. 2017. “The Play’s the Thing.” Discover Your Ancestors. 6: 127-31.

Read, S. 2017. “Taking the Pulse of Medical History.” Staffordshire Life. 14-15.

Read, S. 2017. “My Ancestor was a Midwife.” Who Do You Think You Are?. 71-3.

Read, S. 2017. “Industrious Lives in Victorian Scunthorpe.” Your Family History. 89-90.

Read, S. 2016. “Digging Your Grave with Your Teeth: Dieting and Weight in the Seventeenth Century.” Discover your Ancestors. 5: 88-93.  

Read, S. 2015. “The Truth about Beauty.” Discover your Ancestors. 4: 141-45.

Read, S. 2015. “A Women’s Revolt.” History Today. 6.

Read, S. 2014. ‘Travail Tales’, Discover your Ancestors. 3: 58-63.

Read, S. 2013. “The Age of Purges.” Discover your Ancestors. 2: 134-38.