Catherine Gillard

Catherine Gillard is a writer based in Fremantle, Western Australia.

She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Western Australia (UWA), for which she wrote a satirical science fiction novel featuring ‘grey cyborg’ characters. The accompanying exegesis delves into representations of ageing, exploring how storytellers can contribute to fostering new and positive representations of elderhood.

Catherine has shared her expertise by tutoring at UWA in creative writing and screen drama series. Her short stories have been featured in Westerly, SWAMP, and the “uncanny” anthology of Verge. She was shortlisted for an unpublished historical fiction novel for the TAG Hungerford Award in 2016, in collaboration with Fremantle Press.

Recently, Catherine completed Screen Canberra’s Screen POD 2023, a 5-month interactive course which culminated in developing a project for pitching to domestic and international producers in November 2023.

Her self-published historical fiction trilogy, inspired by Australia’s first policewoman, received longlisting for the AWG Primetime Pathways competition in 2016. The concept was subsequently optioned for a TV series. Catherine has further honed her skills through filmmaking and screenwriting short courses.
In a previous chapter of her life, Catherine earned an MBA and accrued experience in diverse roles involving training, communications, and collaboration.

While her passion lies in crafting original stories across different formats, Catherine is eager to acquire practical skills in supporting writers’ rooms, deepen her understanding of the screen industry, and foster valuable connections.

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First Break WA Graduate

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