Item: A signed copy of Marriage for Beginners – a poetry collection for adult readers
Book Information: Marriage For Beginners:
Catherine Bateson’s new poetry collection has at its centre three lively sequences that address the hard graft of piritual negotiation. Imagined for present, past and future times, each of them tracks the slow and the sudden dissolution of love – yet love stories they are. Her characters are distinctly and originally conceived, with a habitual storyteller’s craft.
Fore and aft of those sequences are some poems that are more directly reflective. ‘Marriage’ is the familiar here – or at least the otherness of daughterhood, motherhood, and being a lover. ‘Beginners’, it is suggested, is what we remain.
These poems are wise, unillusioned and generous, reminding us that ‘each morning/ the fat eye of love/ winks us back’. The poetry throughout has a confident grasp of telling images, and of tonal and rhythmical tact.
Brief Bio: Catherine Bateson writes poetry, verse novels and novels for both younger readers and young adults. She has won the CBCA Book of the Year for Younger Readers twice – with RAIN MAY AND CAPTAIN DANIEL, 2003, and Being Bee, 2006. RAIN MAY AND CAPTAIN DANIEL also won the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award. Three of her other novels, THE WISH PONY, PAINTED LOVE LETTERS and MILLIE AND THE NIGHT HERON were CBCA Honour Books. MILLIE AND THE NIGHT HERON was shortlisted for the YABBA and the KOALA Children’s Choice awards, 2007. Her 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.