Catherine Bateson

Catherine Bateson is a poet and writer for young adults and younger readers.

She lives in Belgrave with the Accountant, a wide assortment of tropical fish and whichever children have moved back home.




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  • My mother’s notebooks

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    My mother has always kept notebooks – we both do, so it must be genetic. Most recently her notebook keeping has been focused on family history and memoir. Here are some examples of her works in progress. The idea of keeping visual and written recollections is very appealing – and so many images can be […]


  • From Family History to Fiction

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    Some years ago I began interviewing my mother about her years growing up during World War II. I’d heard all the stories repeated over the years, of course. But there was one comment that she made one day which made me realise this was material I could use. She said her mother had been proud […]



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  • Catherine’s approach to mentoring has proved to be a great help to me these last six months. Her style of mentoring is relaxed, friendly, thoughtful and personal. She is happy to adapt her approach depending on the client’s need and the writing genre and format. ~ Tanya Dawes
  • The Exploring Poetry class is full of colour and interesting content which has been meticulously gathered to expand the class members understanding of poets and poetry.~ Helen Taafe