Catherine is a poet and award-winning writer for both children and young adults.
She introduces poetry into her novels for younger readers whenever possible. Secretly, she longs to write a fantasy trilogy, but in the meantime she writes romance; her romance for young adults, Lisette’s Paris Notebook, was released in 2017 by Allen & Unwin.
Catherine regularly runs poetry workshops but also enjoys teaching fiction writing. As a long-time TAFE teacher of Professional Writing and Editing, Catherine has a lot of experience teaching adults.
She loves leading professional development workshops for teachers and runs structural editing and revision workshops as well.
Catherine has taught across the board – primary to adults – and enjoys that diversity.
Catherine has worked extensively with the Centre for many years running full day workshops for avid readers and writers on tour in regional centres as well as at our Centre in Fremantle.Lesley Reece
The feed back from these young writers is always so positive. One Year 11 boy in Geraldton wrote: ‘ I had no idea boys could write poetry but now I know I and my friends can and the girls were surprised but loved it! ‘
As a presenter at our Celebrate Reading National Conference in 2015 Catherine’s solo, panel and Chairing sessions were filled with generous and fascinating insights and observations, an endearing self- deprecating humour and an innate capacity to engage the adult audience.
Catherine worked with me in the very early stages of my first novel. She asked the questions I hadn’t asked myself, who and why type stuff, and saw holes I hadn’t tripped in yet…Nicki Reed
Catherine is supportive and stern – she is an excellent editor – she’s a brain and she writes beautifully. Catherine Bateson is the real deal.