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

  • Art, Anxiety and a Long Walk – a review of sorts.

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    this is where they all sing the first daylight whether or not there is anyone listening from, ‘The Laughing Thrush’ – W. S. Merwin, The Shadow of Sirius. For Christmas last year, a colleague gave me a copy of Kyo Maclear’s beautiful collection of – notes? observations? meditations? Birds Art Life Death; A field guide […]

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  • Discipline

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    I don’t even like the word. It reminds me of boarding school, or unspeakable things done in grubby rooms, or, alternatively, yogi masters dressed in pristine white seated in uncomfortable positions. It is not appealing. However, the word has been on my mind. Discipline – call it structure or practice, if those words convey a […]

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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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