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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The Hodgepodge, a writer's journal

  • Three Easy Ways to Amp up Descriptions of Place

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    Describing landscapes – urban or rural – is often a challenge for new writers. How to describe the landscape you know well, whether imagined or real,  so successfully that your reader can step into it? Let’s look at three easy methods you can use to amp up your descriptions of place.

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  • Revisiting the Greeks

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    I’ve just finished reading Pat Barker’s The Silence of the Girls – brilliant! And that led me down the rabbit hole of discovery…so many women writers are turning their attention to the ancient Greeks and revisiting those stories. Here’s a very quick list of what I’ve discovered: The Silence of the Girls, Pat Barker – […]

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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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