Catherine has been awarded a number of international and national writers' residencies including:
Catherine was a Visiting Artist/writer at the Cite International des Arts (Keesing Studio) in 2002/2003. During this 6 month residency which was funded by the Literature Board of the Australia Council and the Nancy Keesing Bequest, she researched and wrote The Grave at Thu Le using Paris's extensive library and research archives. She also worked in the colonial archives in Aix en Provence.
As an Asialink resident in Hanoi, and sponsored by the The Gioi Publishing House, Catherine spent three months researching and writing about French colonial history in Hanoi.
Her work resulted in a number of publications including, The Grave at Thu Le, The Perfume River, and a number of journal articles and essays.
This new and exciting residency was first offered in 2015 to 14 writers from around the world. It was conducted in Guangzhou, Yangshuo and Giangmen.
Varuna is Australia's leading writers house. Located in Sydney's Blue Mountains region, at Katoomba. A bequest of the Dark family, it offers writers a retreat in which to write, with studio writing rooms, a literary environment and beautiful surroundings.
As well as a series of residencies at Varuna, Catherine judged literary awards there and also was a member of the Varuna Boad.