Catherine Bateson

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Catherine Bateson
Born 1960
Brisbane, Queensland
Nationality  Australian

Catherine Bateson (born 1960 in Brisbane) is an Australian writer.

Catherine Bateson grew up in a second-hand bookshop in Brisbane. She attained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland, with a major in art history.

Her first published novel was Painted Love Letters, a portrait of a family coping with death. She has published two volumes of poetry, and three verse novels for young adults using a variety of poetic forms including haiku, free verse, free renga and acrostic.

Catherine has taught creative writing for the past thirteen years, and has been a guest writer at many schools. Her work has been read on radio and featured on television. She has also appeared at various poetry and writers festivals throughout Australia. She coordinated La Mama Poetica at La Mama Theatre in Melbourne.

Catherine is the mother of two children, Alasdair, born in 1991 and Helen, born 1992.

She currently teaches creative writing at GippsTafe, Victoria and lives in the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria.


  • Pomegranates from the Underworld (1990)
  • The Vigilant Heart (1998)
  • A Dangerous Girl (2000) ( Catherine's 1st published novel )
  • The Year It All Happened (2001)
  • Painted Love Letters (2002)
  • Rain May and Captain Daniel (2002)
  • The Airdancer of Glass (2004)
  • Millie and the Night Heron (2005)
  • His Name in Fire (2006)
  • Being Bee (2006)
  • The Wish Pony, Woolshed Press, (2008)
  • Magenta McPhee, Woolshed Press, (2009)

Awards and nominations[edit]

"This is the Poem"
John Shaw Neilson Award for poetry.
2006 Faw Mary Grant Bruce Short Story Award For Children's Literature
2003 – Rain May and Captain Daniel
winner of the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award, younger readers
shortlisted for New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, Patricia Wrighton Prize for Children's Literature[1]
Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, Children's Book Award[2]
2003 – Painted Love Letters
CBCA Honour Book recognition
winner 2003 Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature
2003 shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, Ethel Turner Prize for young people's literature[1]
Children's Book Council of Australia Awards (2003) Honour Book, older readers.
2005 – Millie and the Night Heron
Honour Book, CBCA Book of the Year, Younger Readers
2007 – His Name in Fire
Notable CBCA Book of the Year, Older Readers
Shortlist, Queensland Premier's Award
2007 – Being Bee
Winner CBCA Book of the Year, Younger Readers
2009 – The Wish Pony, Woolshed Press
CBCA Honour Book, Younger Readers


  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-05. , 26 June 2007
  2. ^ [1], 26Jun2007

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