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

  • The Beats

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    I’ve been teaching a class on the Beat writers – specifically Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman and Diane di Prima. I’ve re-read On the Road and some of Ginsberg’s poetry and reaquainted myself with some of Waldman and di Prima’s poetry. I stepped into another era – it wasn’t just the work – that […]

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  • Writing Habits

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    Years ago when both my young adult children were very small, I would write for an hour each morning during half an hour of Sesame Street and the half hour Playschool programme. These kept them happily occupied and as I didn’t have anything as glamorous as an office back then, I wrote in the same […]

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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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