About

Katherine Seppings, artist, writer and photographer, has worked in publishing in Australia, London and New York.
Katherine’s graphic designs, paintings, illustrations and photographs have appeared in books, newspapers, magazines, cards, calendars, brochures, websites, audio-visuals, videos and exhibitions since the mid 1970s.
As a writer, Katherine is published in poetry journals, anthologies, educational documentaries, newspapers and non-fiction books, and has received awards for her short stories and poetry. She has two poetry collections, When Embers Dance MPU (2015) and Love & Death in Castlemaine Mark Time Books (2016).

Publications – Writing & Photography
Back Roads Australia (2011) DK, Penguin, London.
The Complete Guide to the Great Ocean Road (2009), Best Shot, Torquay.
Film Victoria’s ‘Location’ website (2007)
The Travellers Guide to the Goldfields (2006), Bestshot.
The Heart of Victoria (2004) Best Shot.
The Complete Bushfire Safety Book (2000), Random House;
The Complete Australian Bushfire Book (1989) Penguin; (1986) Nelson.
Fireplaces for a Beautiful Home (1988), Merehurst, London;
(1990) Barron’s, New York; (1993) Premier Books, London; (1997) Grange Books, London.
All About Chicken, and The Poor Old Pig (1986) Environment Audio Visuals
Metcalfe Shire Newsletter (1985–87), Australia.
Women of the Hills (1985), Collins Dove, Melbourne.

Publications – Poetry
Painted Words (2016)
Love & Death in Castlemaine Mark Time Books chapbook (2016)
When Embers Dance MPU Chapbook (2015)
Poetry Matters (2015)
Blue Giraffe 14 (2015)
Your Beautiful Names (2015)
Poam (2015)
Right Now (2015)
Poetry Monash 89 (2014)
Page Seventeen 11 (2014)
A Lightness of Being Poetica Christi (2014)
Poetry Monash 88 (2014)
The Mozzie Vol 22 No 1 & 2 (2014)
Memory Weaving Poetica Christi (2014)
Castlemaine Mail (2012, 2013)
Painted Words (2011-12)
The Small Times (1988-90)

Publications – Short stories
‘Little Blue Heart’ Painted Words (2010)
‘Vive y déjà vivir’ The Bookroom Dozen (2005)
‘Castlemaine – A Reflection’ The Bookroom Dozen (2004)

Exhibitions
Selected Works – Arts Open, Castlemaine Gaol (2016)
Selected Works – Arts Open, Castlemaine (2014)
Selected Works – Arts Open, Castlemaine PO (2012)
Of Flooding Rains – Shelf Life Gallery, Taradale (2011)
Black Saturday – Castlemaine State Festival (2009)
Street Life – Falkner Gallery, Castlemaine (2008)
Heaven on Earth – Daylesford Foto Biennale (2007)
Across the Divide – Castlemaine State Festival (2007)
France – Woodbine Art, Malmsbury (2005)
Castlemaine at the Crossroads – Castlemaine State Festival (2003)
Around the World – Bendigo Regional Arts Centre (1999)
Nepal – Arthouse – Castlemaine State Festival (1999)
Back Streets of the World – Convent Gallery, Daylesford (1998)
New York Graffiti – Saff’s Café, Castlemaine (1998)
Characters of Castlemaine – Wallace Bros. Gallery, Castlemaine (1986)
Women of Castlemaine – Buda, Castlemaine (1985)

Group Shows
Rotary Art Show – Castlemaine (2016)
Christmas Show – Falkner Gallery (2015)
Showcase – Castlemaine Continuing Ed – Market Bldg, Castlemaine (2014)
Co.lab – Words & Art – Handmade Gallery, Bendigo (2014)
Co.lab – Words & Art – Handmade Gallery, Bendigo (2013)
Pictures & Poems – Castlemaine Word Mine, Castlemaine State Festival (2013)
5th Taradale Community Art Show (2012)
Summer Spirit & Winter Spirit Shows, Castlemaine (2000–11)
Taradale Mineral Springs Festival (2008)
Grief and Loss – Castlemaine Art Gallery (2007)
Castlemaine Festival Art Auction (2007)
Castlemaine Multi-Faith Peace Festival (2006)
Castlemaine Enviro Expo and Exhibition (2005)
Mamunya – Falkner Gallery, Market Bldg, Castlemaine (2003)
Buda Garden Expo (2003)
Nepal – The Art Exchange Show, New York, NY (1998)
Castlemaine Fringe Festival (1998)
The Last Picture Show – Wallace Bros Gallery, Castlemaine (1991)
The Nude Form – Castlemaine Artists Inc – Wallace Bros Gallery (1989)
Castlemaine Kinder Exhibition – Castlemaine Town Hall (1988)
Castlemaine Artists Inc Exhibition – Bendigo Artspace (1987)
Women’s Festival Exhibition – Bendigo Regional Art Gallery (1987)
Parked Art – Castlemaine Artists Inc (1986)
Castlemaine Festival Exhibition – Wallace Bros Gallery (1986)
Exhibited in more than 50 collective art shows in Victoria (1974–83)

Awards
Poetry Matters 6th Annual Poetry Competition – winner (2015)
The Castlemaine Cup – Castlemaine Poetry Readings (June 2014)
The Castlemaine CupCastlemaine Poetry Readings (April 2014)
Rhonda Jankovic Poetry Award – Highly Commended (2013)
Castlemaine Poetry Prize – Commendation (2013)
Cancer Council Arts Awards – Poetry – shortlisted (2013)
Castlemaine Poetry Prize – 3 Commendations (2012)
5th Taradale Community Art Show – Bridging the Miles – Joint Winner (2012)
Varuna Publisher Fellowship – shortlisted (2009)
Macquarie – Longlines Varuna Residency (2008)
Kenny Awards – Third Prize – ‘Vive y Deja Vivir’ (2005)
Kenny Awards – Highly Commended – ‘Castlemaine – A Reflection’ (2004)
European Diamond Video Clip Award – ‘Best New Group Video’ – ‘Song for Whoever’ by Beautiful South – Art Direction (1988)

Poetry Readings
The Write Stuff, Vine Hotel, Bendigo – Featured poet (2017)
Harcourt Applefest – Featured poet (2017)
Poeticas, Castlemaine – Open Mic (2017)
Bendigo TAFE Painted Words launch (2016)
Love & Death in Castlemaine Mark Time Books launch (2016)
Mother Tongue, Melbourne – Featured poet (2016)
Girls on Key, Open Studios, Melbourne – Open Mic (2016)
Poeticas, Castlemaine – Open Mic (2016)
Tago Mago Club, Melbourne – Featured poet (2016)
Dan Poets Featured poet – Dan O’Connell Hotel, Melbourne (2016)
Melbourne Poets Union Xmas party – Featured poet, Melbourne (2015)
When Embers Dance MPU chapbook launch, Castlemaine (2015)
Castlemaine Wordmine poets – exhibition and reading of poems in Your Beautiful Names. Castlemaine State Festival (2015)
Page Seventeen 11 launch – Busybird Publishing, Melbourne (Nov 2014)
Bendigo Writers Festival Finale ‘About Our Place’ – The Capital Hub (Aug 2014)
Castlemaine Poetry Reading Open Mic – Winner of ‘Castlemaine Cup’ judged by poet Peter Bakowski (June 2014)
Castlemaine Poetry Reading Open Mic – Winner of ‘Castlemaine Cup’ judged by poets Sarah Day and Stephen Edgar (April 2014)
Rhonda Jankovic Poetry Award – Frankston Library (2014)
Memory Weaving launch – MC², Doncaster (2014)
Castlemaine Poetry Reading Open Mic – ‘The Winds of Barranquilla’ Highly Commended by Ron Pretty (2013)
Arts Fields – Castlemaine Wordmine poets – Castlemaine Mkt Bldg (2013)
Castlemaine Wordmine poets – Castlemaine State Festival (2013)
Australian Slam Championships – The Maurocco Bar, Castlemaine  (2012 )
Castlemaine Wordmine poets and Atmos – The Maurocco Bar, Castlemaine (2012)
Arts Fields Opening – Castlemaine Wordmine poets & Atmos – Castlemaine Market Bldg (2012)
The Comma – Open Mic – Commercial Hotel, Castlemaine (2012)
Castlemaine Wordmine – Open Mic – Anglican Church Hall, Castlemaine (2012)
Guildford Poetry Reading – The Guildford Pub, Central Victoria (2012)
AP Cafe Poets – South Melbourne Commons Food Festival (2012)
Australian Slam Championships – The Maurocco Bar, Castlemaine  (2011 )
Bendigo Regional Institute of Technology (2011 )
The Albion; Goldfields Library – Castlemaine, Australia (2005)
‘Writers Read’ – Castlemaine, Australia (2002)
Mekka – New York City (1995)
Café Creole – New York City (1995)
Dianas – New York City (1994)
Dixon Place – New York City (1994)
First Street Café Featured poet – New York City (1994)
Nuyorican Poets Café – New York City (1993)
Bellas Artes – San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (1993)
The Subpub Featured poet – Nelson, BC, Canada (1992)

Talks
Arts & Crafts: Fireplaces – U3A Castlemaine (2014, 2015)

Residencies
Australia Poetry Cafe Poet (2012) – The Maurocco Bar, Castlemaine
Macquarie–Longlines Varuna Residency (2008)

Teaching
2014-17 – Castlemaine Continuing Education –
Introduction to Digital Photography and Storyboarding
Digital Publishing for Artists

Editor & Publisher
Nothing to Cry About by Joan Atherton Hooper (2015)

Judge
Writing Awards – Poetry – Castlemaine Secondary College (2015, 2016)

Employment
Katherine Seppings trained as an apprentice Hand Compositor with All Graphic Industries (1977-81). Her graphic design, illustration, writing and photography skills have been employed by numerous publishers, organisations and businesses including:
Australia –
Thomas Nelson, Dove Communications/Collins Dove, Prentice Hall, Catholic Education Office, Design World, Mount Alexander Shire, Castlemaine City Council, Metcalfe Shire, Castlemaine State Festival, Video Education Australia, Over The Moon Dance School, Castlemaine Theatre Co, Foote Street Theatre.
London –
Cassell Publishing Group, Union Dance Co, Tattooist International, Eye-Eye Productions
New York –
The Newborn Group, Gap and Cigne Design

Education
2013-16 – BRIT Professional Writing and Editing Advanced Diploma
2010-12 – BRIT Professional Writing and Editing Certificate IV
1988-89 – Effective Communication, Psychology, Philosophy – University of London; Life drawing – New End School, London
1981-84 – Cert of Illustrative Photography – Photography Studies College, Melbourne
1981 – Certificate of Copywriting – The Copyschool, Melbourne
1977-81 – Melbourne College of Printing & Graphic Arts
1976 – Preliminary Art Year – Box Hill Technical College, Melbourne
1971-75 – Methodist Ladies College, Melbourne

Specialties
Katherine’s writing and photography intimately explores the many countries she has travelled and lived in, specialising in people, events, dance, the built and natural environment and Bushfire.
She has an extensive collection of B/W and colour images of the Central Victorian Goldfields region, spanning more than three decades. Katherine writes on social justice and animal welfare, social, local and family history, environment, relationships and travel.

Katherine is currently teaching photography, writing memoir, poetry, the Seppings Family History blog and The History of Castlemaine Artists Inc Etc (1960-90).

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