Cathy, a novelist, non-fiction writer and Senior Lecturer in Writing at UTS in Sydney, says her first Varuna residency in 1996 transformed the ways in which she identified as a writer. Since that time she's published three novels and a non-fiction book, poetry and essays. Her most recent novel, The Grave at Thu Le (Picador, 2005) was completed during a Varuna fellowship. Cathy has returned to Varuna as a fellowships panel judge, a mentor, and to take part in Varuna's writers’ festival sessions. She believes Varuna offers writers a unique space in which to write and to engage with a wider community of writers and publishers. Cathy is now at work on a non-fiction book about the poetics of becoming a writer and a novel about WW2 and its aftermath.