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Catherine Bateson can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to be a writer. She grew up in a family of writers.
The first form of writing Catherine took seriously was poetry. In her early twenties she started to submit poems to competitions and literary journals and also started to read her own poems in spoken word venues. Eventually she had accumulated enough poems to have her first collection published.
Catherine loved characters and some of her poems turned into poetry sequences – like short stories in verse. When she set out to write a novel, it was no real surprise that it turned into a verse novel. Since that first novel, A Dangerous Girl, Catherine has continued to write poetry, verse novels and prose novels.
Rain May and Captain Daniel was the winner of the 2003 CBCA Book of the Year Award for Younger Readers and Painted Love Letters was awarded a CBCA Honour Book in the same year. Catherine also won the 2003 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards for Rain May and Captain Daniel. Both Painted Love Letters and Rain May and Captain Daniel were shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Awards.
Millie and the Night Heron was awarded a CBCA Honour Book as well as being shortlisted for the YABBA and the KOALA Children's Choice awards, 2007. Catherine’s first book for Woolshed Press was the critically acclaimed The Wish Pony, which was an Honour Book in the 2009 CBCA Book of the Year awards.
Catherine also teaches professional writing and editing, works as a writer-in-schools and runs adult classes on literature.