Catherine Bateson has achieved an outstanding awards trifecta for her novels for young people. Rain May and Captain Daniel was the winner of the CBCA Book of the Year Award and Painted Love Letters was awarded a CBCA Honour Book recognition. Painted Love Letters was the winner of the 2003 Australian Family Therapists Award for Children's Literature and Rain May and Captain Daniel is also on their recommended reading list for therapists. 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. Catherine teaches creative writing, coordinates La Mama Poetica and is currently working on a third collection of poetry.