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

  • A Writer’s Masterclass

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    I used to be a fast, gulp-it-down, voracious reader. I’d read one book and at the book’s end, be already reaching for the next like a chain smoker. When I worked in our second-hand bookshop in my teens and early twenties, I’d practically snarl at customers who dared interrupt my engrossed reading. Much later, I […]

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  • Introducing the Gabriele 25.

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    a The revision I’m currently doing is difficult on a number of levels. It’s quite major – requiring a re-thinking of parts of a story – a journey – I thought I’d sorted. There’s no easy fix, or not in my mind, anyway. It’s not a matter of strengthening a character’s motivation, consolidating the setting […]

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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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