‘Streamline Publishing exists to bring to life true stories of deep humanity for adults, joyous tales for children, and engaging educational resources.’
Streamline Publishing was born out of covid lockdown in 2021. The publisher, Cathy Oliver, wanted to bring to life an astonishing narrative memoir that was beautifully written by author Michael Metzger, whom she had been commissioned to edit in 2008, for a book on Grief published as Towards the Light – Growing through Grief. And so the Adult Non-fiction Division was seeded.
About the same time, news came through of the Melbourne Museum’s new acquisition of a Triceratops skeleton, slated for end 2021. A character, Terri, sprang to life in Cathy’s mind and she wrote a children’s picture-book story, Terri Triceratops is Free! Her chosen illustrator, Jessica Callaway, had painted a charming portrait of Cathy’s dog in 2020 and brought Terri to life. And so the Children’s Division was also born.
Several further titles are on Streamline Publishing’s agenda for 2021-2022, including Grief: from Cataclysm to Catharsis (the second edition of Towards the Light), and a toy Terri.
An Educational Division is also planned.
Cathy Oliver has a 35-year career in editing and project management for trade and educational publishers, book buying and selling, writing educational materials and tutoring VCE English. She has published three books and has had over 100 VCE English study guides published by the Senior Students’ Resource Centre in Melbourne’s CBD.
Cathy is a lifelong lover of learning. She attended Melbourne Girls’ Grammar, The University of Melbourne, La Trobe University and online Charles Sturt University, and Melbourne Polytechnic.
Cathy is qualified with BA (Hons, English Language and Literature); Dip Ed (Primary), BEd (Secondary), Grad Cert Educational Research, Grad Cert Information Studies.
She also holds Cert IVs in TAE 40116, and Professional Writing & Editing.
Cathy lives in Melbourne. She has two adult children and a cocker spaniel.
Jessica Callaway (B Comm. Design, Monash University, 2016) is a graphic designer, illustrator and artist.
Her work ranges from branding and packaging design to digital art. In her spare time, she paints pet portraits on canvas. Putting pen, pencil, or paint brush to paper is Jessica’s natural way to express the beauty around her, and to bring wonderful new (or pre-historic!) worlds to life.
Michael Metzger emigrated as a child with his parents from post-Holocaust Europe to Australia. Educated at the University of Melbourne with studies in Language, Literature, Fine Arts, Philosophy and Education, he spent thirty years as a teacher, lecturer and mentor.
The death of his father and, shortly after, that of his son, fundamentally re-shaped his life. As a qualified journalist he brought the experience of his metamorphosis to an earlier published work, Towards The Light – Growing Through Grief (Michelle Anderson Publishing, 2008), one that recognises the legitimacy of our feelings as we stumble from death to the fullness of life.
The lifelong impact of his parents’ story has gestated among copious other writings on history, philosophy and religion during his professional career, culminating in a deeper awareness of history’s shaping of our humanity.
Cathy Oliver is an educator, editor and publisher of 30 years’ standing. She lives in Melbourne and has two grown children and a cocker spaniel. When Jessica painted her dog, Zeppy, Cathy knew she had found the perfect illustrator for her children’s books.