Catherine Ford was born in Geelong, Victoria.
She has a degree in English from La Trobe University in Melbourne, and has worked in Legal Aid offices, and as a program researcher with ABC Radio National. In her late twenties she began to write and publish short stories.
Her critically acclaimed, bestselling collection of short stories, Dirt, won the Steele Rudd award for Australian short fiction and was short-listed for the Dobbie award. She won a Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelists award in 1997. Her novel, NYC, was short-listed for The Age Book of the Year prize in 2000.
Her occasional fiction and essays have been published widely in journals and anthologies, both in Australia and the UK. She has written freelance journalism since 1990, contributing to such publications as The Independent Monthly, Fairfax newspapers, The Australian, Australian Book Review, The Bulletin, and The Monthly. She has been a regular contributor to the books pages of The Age since 1990, and has twice judged The Age short fiction award. She has taught short story writing in RMIT’s creative writing program.
Catherine lives in Melbourne.