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 Kallista with her husband, a rescue dog called Winter,  a wide assortment of tropical fish and whichever children have moved back home as well as her octogenarian mother.

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  • Dystopian fiction in 5 bites

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    At the beginning of the year, I was a little obsessed with dystopian fiction. I’d read Station Eleven, Emily St John Mandel’s post-pandemic book,  published in 2014 in either 2022 or 2023, but hadn’t read either Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 (although I thought I had!) or Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr. – […]

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  • Books in 5 Bites – Fairy tales

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    I first encountered Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber when I was about nineteen or twenty years old. I was interrogating my own relationship with romance, sex and sexuality. Already half in love with the powerful but wounded man (thanks/no thanks Jane Eyre which I read when much younger), Carter’s take on this with the Beauty […]

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