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

  • This Reading Year…

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    Last year I began to keep a hard-copy reading journal – my mother gave me one for Christmas & then I found the same (un-used) journal for sale in an op-shop. My last entry in this journal was September – clearly I ran out of steam updating it & will have to refer to Good […]

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  • After the chaos of Christmas…

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    I always like the after Christmas period – a time to take stock of what worked during the year, what didn’t and where to go next. For 2015, I constructed a six page excel spreadsheet called Plan for Happiness. I know, raise your eyebrows, roll your eyes – is happiness ever going to be achieved […]

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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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