Catherine Deveny is a writer, comedian, author, social commentator and speaker well known for her work as a columnist with The Age newspaper, as a Melbourne International Comedy Festival favourite and as an ABC regular. Wedged between her busy speaking and performing schedule and running Gunnas Writing Masterclasses she’s working on two books for Black Inc Books.
Deveny’s television work includes Network Seven’s Tonight Live with Steve Vizard, Full Frontal, ABC TV’s Good News Week, BackBerner and Q and A, Network 10’s Rove Live, The Wedge and skitHOUSE and The Project. She performs regularly on radio and television and was a popular fill in broadcaster on 774 ABC Melbourne.
Deveny has written for the Logie Awards, the Aria Music Awards and co-wrote the 2005 AFI Awards with Russell Crow. She famously took on Roman Catholic Cardinal George Pell at the Sydney Opera House in the Festival of Dangerous Ideas. Deveny is widely considered one of the most gifted, versatile and prolific writers in Australia. Her voice ranges from polemic to compassionate, stand up to sermon, joke writer to speech writer and from cultural terrorist to cultural therapist. You’ll find her everywhere from Sydney Opera House to Splendour In The Grass. She is the creator of the Gunnas Writing Masterclass.
She’s in constant demand as corporate speaker, conference emcee after dinner entertainment, panel member, guest lecturer and to deliver key note addresses. She is also a highly regarded consultant in social networking, online marketing and cultural trending working for organisations such as Law Institute of Victoria, Attorney General’s Department, Australian Law Reform Commission, The Shannon Company, Beyond Blue, St. Ali and Mario’s Cafe. One of her many passions is sex positive culture and pleasure. Her sex education podcasts with sex therapist Cyndi Darnell are available on iTunes.
Collections of Deveny’s column It’s Not My Fault They Print Them (2007) Say When (2008) and Free To A Good Home (2009) are published by Black Inc. Her long awaited first novel and seventh book, The Happiness Show was published in November 2012 by Black Inc Books. Her new book on writing Use Your Words was released May 2016. On the way are Mental which she wrote with psychiatrists Dr. Steve Ellen which will be published by Black Inc Books in 2018 and her memoir Self-Saucing Pudding.
Catherine Deveny has been named in the Top 100 Most Influential Melbournians. She is an atheist and dyslexic. She is a member of the Federal Government’s working part on Dyslexia. Her extensive charity and community work includes , Asylum Seeker’s Resource Centre, homeless women and Broken Rites. She is a proud ambassador for Dying With Dignity Victoria, 2010 International Day of People with Disability, a No To Homophobia Community Champion and the Patron (along side Father Bob) of Griefline and was one of the founding members of Friends of Public Housing. A self appointed commuter cyclist ambassador Deveny is the creator and curator of Pushy Women, women speaking about their life on bikes as part of Melbourne Bike Fest. She is also a proud ambassador for The Australian Cycle Alliance.
Deveny with Jane Caro and Leslie Cannold, was one of the co-founders of No Chicks No Excuses, a website dedicated to redress the lack of female voices in public life by providing a data base of women available to speak, write, advise or consult on any subject.
Catherine has been flat out performing, speaking, teaching, hosting, producing, mentoring and consulting professionally for 25 years. She wrote over 1000 columns for The Age but you’ll now find her writing in places like Guardian, The Stick, Paper Sea Quarterly and ABC Online, The Drum among other publications. She also contributes to books like Destroying The Joint, From The Outer, Stamping Ground and Mothermorphosis.
In August 2012 she appeared in the Emmy award winning Go Back To Where You Came From on SBS television with Angry Anderson and Peter Reith.
Deveny opened the The 2010 Global Atheist Convention Melbourne, Australia with Richard Dawkins, Peter Singer, Philip Adams, Dan Barker and PZ Myers. Her Melbourne International Comedy Festival one woman show God Is Bullshit; That’s The Good News sold out in 2010 and 2011. She returned as a headline performer for the 2012 Global Atheist Convention Gala Dinner.
She is the presenter, writer and producer of the short film Atheist Alphabet answering the most frequently asked questions about atheism.
In 2014 one of her texts was used in the HSC exam. Ironically, Deveny almost failed HSC English receiving a score of 51%.
She considers The Love Party her greatest artwork and political statement.
Dev was raised in Reservoir and has been living in The People’s Republic Of Moreland since 1995 and is mother to three little boys aged 15, 16 and 19. She lives in The Atheist Kibbutz with her partner, various housemates and sons. Living in an all male household makes her want a tee-shirt that says “Where Have You Looked?”