Born in 1960 in Sydney, Catherine Bateson grew up in Brisbane, and is a longtime resident of Victoria. She lives in the hills outside Melbourne where she teaches Professional Writing and Editing at TAFE and writes for children and young adults. Marriage for Beginners is her third collection of poetry. Her first collection,Pomegranates from the Underworld, was published in 1989. The Vigilant Heartfollowed in 1998 and was shortlisted in the Colin Roderick Award. Her novels for children and young adults have twice won the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year for Younger Readers. Catherine ran the La Mama Poetica readings for a decade and regularly works as a poet and novelist in schools around Australia.