Born in Sydney, Bateson grew up in Brisbane where her mother, a journalist, also owned a second hand bookshop. Her father is Ronald Campbell, After completing an Arts degree at the University of Queensland, Bateson moved to Melbourne and later to country Victoria.
Bateson holds a Bachelor of Letters in Literary Studies from Deakin University and a Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts, Women's Studies, from the University of South Australia. She has taught creative writing at Box Hill and Gipps TAFE, and has regularly appeared at schools and writers' festivals.
Bateson writes across a number of styles and genres - poetry, prose, novels, reviews; and for a variety of audiences - children, young people and adults. Rain May and Captain Daniel (2003) was recommended reading for therapists by the Australian Family Therapists Award Committee for Children's Literature.
Magenta McPhee2009single work novel young adult 'For Magenta McPhee, life is good. It would be almost perfect if she could sort out her dad, who quite possibly needs saving - from himself.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, even if those measures involve identity fraud on a dating site, and replying, as your father, to emails he doesn't even know he's been getting.
But when pretending to be someone else is taking you away from your life's purpose - writing the next great fantasy trilogy - things might have gone too far.' (Publisher's website.)
Being Bee2006single work children's fiction children's Since Bee's mother died, it'd been just her, her dad, and her guinea pigs, Lulu and Fifi. Nothing stays the same forever though and when Jazzi moves in, bringing with her a whole new way of looking at things and a whole lot of secrets, Bee knows life is going to be different from now on. (Back cover)