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Daughter of a hoarder on a novel path to PhD

Published:27 July 2018

CQUni Masters of Arts researcher Catherine Gamble pictured beside a hoarding image.

Millions have read Coal Miner's Daughter, The Blind Astronomer's Daughter and The Heretic's Daughter.

Now Maryborough's Catherine Gamble is on track to complete her own novel about growing up as the daughter of a hoarder.

The CQUniversity Creative Industries graduate is complementing her memoir with an exegesis (critical interpretation) as part of her Master of Arts submission due early next year.

And, as the icing on the cake, publishers have started to express an interest in what should be a niche but worthwhile genre.

Catherine was recently commissioned to write a musical, produced as a signature event of the Mary Poppins Festival in Maryborough.

"Fraser Coast Council commissioned a musical version of Open The Door, one of the series of Mary Poppins books by P.L. Travers ... it was the first time I had written a musical," Catherine says.

"The theme of the musical was 'if you want to be happy it's up to you'."

Catherine was also part of a team who developed an environmental education program for Moreton Bay Council, earning a Premier's Sustainability Award and contracts to deliver sustainability workshops.

The CQUni student recently won both First Place and the People’s Choice Award as part of the 3 Minute Thesis competition at Noosa campus.

“It was the People’s Choice Award that gave me the most satisfaction - because children of hoarders are so under-represented and it’s gratifying that people find the subject fascinating enough to vote in my favour.”

Catherine is studying under the supervision of CQUni Noosa academics Professor Donna Lee Brien and Dr Liz Ellison.