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 Belgrave with the Accountant, a golden lab, a wide assortment of tropical fish and whichever children have moved back home.

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Latest News

  • Tea and Empathy

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    I meet a writer-visual artist friend of mine and over a lengthy cup of chai tea we discuss being artists, the perils and the joys. I think about this so much – probably too much. In my darkest moments I’m all about the perils – the lack of economic certainty and respect, the self-doubt and […]

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  • The Memoir Salon

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    Last night I attended the inaugural Memoir Salon, hosted and dreamt up by Josiane Behmoiras. Traditionally a salon is a gathering of people meeting to discuss ideas as a form of both education and entertainment. Salon hosts – or more often, hostesses – chose the company carefully for both compatibility and contrasting opinions, intellectual breadth, […]

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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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