|Genre||Crime, Dark comedy, Thriller|
|Notable works||Dan Starkey, Murphy's Law & Mystery Man novels|
|Notable awards||Betty Trask Award (1994)
Crimefest Last Laugh (2009)
Born on 13 June 1962, Bateman attended Bangor Grammar School leaving at 16 to join the County Down Spectator as a "cub" reporter, then columnist and deputy editor. A collection of his columns was published as Bar Stool Boy in 1989.
Bateman has been producing novels since his debut, Divorcing Jack, in 1994. Divorcing Jack won a Betty Trask Award in the same year and was adapted into a 1998 film starring David Thewlis. Several of Bateman's novels featured the semi-autobiographical Belfast journalist, Dan Starkey.
His book Murphy's Law was adapted from the BBC television series Murphy's Law (2001–2007), featuring James Nesbitt. Bateman explains on his website that "Murphy`s Law was written specifically for James Nesbitt, a local actor who became a big TV star through Cold Feet. The ninety minute pilot for Murphy's Law on BBC 1 was seen by more than seven million people, and led to three TV series, on which I was the chief writer."
Has just completed the 8 part series "Scúp", Which he wrote in English but has been translated into Irish. It is in production by Sterling Films & BBC Northern Ireland. A second series has since been commissioned
Much of his work is produced under the name "Bateman" (rather than his full name); his 2007 novel I Predict a Riot bears (among others) the dedication: "For my Christian name, gone but not forgotten".
- Divorcing Jack (1998)
- Crossmaheart (1998)
- Wild About Harry (2000)
- Turbulent Priests (Unproduced - Bateman having written the screenplay) (2000)
- Watermelon (2003)
- "Betty Trask Past Winners | Society of Authors - Protecting the rights and furthering the interests of authors". Society of Authors. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
- "Colin Bateman wins Last Laugh Award". Curtisbrown.co.uk. 2010-05-24. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
- "Biography". www.colinbateman.com. Colin Bateman. Retrieved 2008-09-18.
- "Betty Trask Award: Past winners". Society of Authors. Archived from the original on 2008-05-20. Retrieved 2008-09-18.
- "Mohammed Maguire: The author". Nerve Centre Productions. Retrieved 2008-09-18.
- "SCUP". www.filmbase.ie.com. Filmbase.ie. Retrieved 2012-04-25.
- "2008 Book Award - Salford City Council". Salford.gov.uk. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
- Colin (2009-01-16). "All the latest...: In the shadow of Old Trafford". Batemansnewblog.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
- "Colin Bateman: Last Book!". Colinbatemansblog.blogspot.com. 2006-10-10. Retrieved 2012-01-06.