Australian writer of books for younger readers, young adults, verse novels and poetry.

Catherine Bateson is a poet and writer for young adults and younger readers.

She lives in Kallista with her husband, a rescue dog called Winter,  a wide assortment of tropical fish and whichever children have moved back home as well as her octogenarian mother.

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Latest News

The Hodgepodge, a writer's journal

  • Teaching poetry in schools, a mini-review and an invitation.

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    What a year! I note, with shame, that the last post I wrote here was in the middle of last year when we lived in a different world. In between then and now my husband and I have sold two houses and bought a new one, the world has staggered under the pandemic, Melbourne has […]

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  • Genre Bending – notes from Continuum 15

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    Okay – so the panel wasn’t called that! And, I admit I’ve taught a short course for the CAE which I titled ‘Genre Bending’. However, the panel on Speculative Elements in Women’s Fiction talked about the difficulties of categorisation in fiction and also the problems marketing can have with fiction that defies or crosses genres. […]

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Book Reviews

5 stars
  • For Star:

    Star is an endearing first person narrator who will have the reader cheering for good things to happen to her. At times she is, as her mother accuses, self centred, but this adds to the sense of realism...
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  • For Hanging Out:

    The rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne is explored and gently rocked. Catherine Bateson points out that home is where family and friends are, that the rest is just bonus...
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