Rosie Scott is an internationally published novelist,
who has also worked in many other fields centring around
human rights and social justice. Her latest novel Faith
Singer was included in an international list of ‘50
Essential Reads by living Writers’ compiled by
the Guardian, Orange Prize Committee and the Hay Literary
out the full list. The
other Australian writers were Tim Winton and J.
Coetzee. Faith Singer was also included in the 200 top literary Australian works compiled by CAL for their Reading Australia project.
See also Georgia Blain's superb essay on 'Faith Singer'
has been a judge of many literary awards including the Steele Rudd
Literary Award, the NSW Premier’s Award, Christina Stead Prize,
adjudicating on the Kenneth Slessor Prize of the same year, the
Australian Society of Authors’ Barbara Jefferis Award and is at present
one of the judges appointed for three years for the Nita Kibble Award.
She was also asked to be a judge for the Prime Minister’s Literary
Awards for 2014 but the new Abbott government opted for more
(See story in SMH.)
Rosie's latest book is The Intervention: an Anthology, described by Anna Funder as ‘an indispensable contribution to the debate.”
this historic anthology, Rosie Scott and fellow editor,
Anita Heiss gathered together the work of twenty of Australian’s
finest writers both Indigenous and non-Indigenous together with
powerful statements from Northern Territory Elders to bring a new
dimension and urgency to an issue that has remained largely outside the
A Country Too Far is the acclaimed anthology
which she coedited with Tom Keneally and which features
some of Australia’s best known writers including
Geraldine Brooks, Anna Funder, Raimond Gaita, Gail Jones
Les Murray, Dorothy Hewett, Rodney Hall and Christos
Days, her first novel was published in the International
Crimes Series in UK, Germany and USA, shortlisted for
the New Zealand National Book Award, voted in the
Top Ten Kiwi Rock Books and nominated for the List of
Books you must read before you Die - a must read list
of New Zealand and Australian titles. 2011
Bookbloggers’ choice: Must Read Literary Fiction
recommended by ANZLitLovers
In 2011, Lives on Fire was voted onto the Alternative Miles Franklin longlist (if the Stella Prize had existed back then.)
She took part in the pilot scheme of the mentoring program for ASA and has been
a mentor and supporter of a long list of young and novice writers, many of whom
went on to become established writers.
Some of the many books she
has helped with include those of friends and family, for example Georgia Blain's
Closed for Winter, Anne Deveson's Resilience, Dorothy Hewett's Neap Tide, Bella
Vendramini's Biting the Big Apple, and Danny Vendramini's Them and Us : How
Neanderthal Predation Shaped Modern Humans.
has been been in on the very early planning stages and/or initiated
many social justice campaigns throughout her life including Women for
Wik, Australians for a Fair Australia, Citizens for Democracy and the
public letter to Howard over cuts to the ABC signed by hundreds of
Australian artists from Regurgitator to Arthur Boyd. In the last decade
as well as the two anthologies she coedited, she has helped to
organise book launches, newspaper ads, demonstrations and made
countless public speeches all over Australia, including
outside Baxter detention centre, in her continuing opposition to
the treatment of asylum seekers.
She founded the campaign against children in detention-
‘We’re Better than This’
novels have been finalists in most major book awards including, the NSW
Fiction Award, Banjo Patterson
Writing Award, The National Book Award and The
New Zealand National Book Awards.Her stage play won the Bruce Mason National Playwrights'
Award and was
later made into a movie, Redheads which won five international awards
Recipient of three literary fellowships and a UWS university
scholarship for her doctorate.
Recipient of the Sydney
"Rosie was at the centre throughout, inspirational, tireless, creative, utterly committed and highly effective.
She has shown how a writer can be a powerful activist. She made a huge
and essential contribution to the work of Sydney PEN and continues to
Read complete citation
Nomination for a Human
Rights Medal nomination together with Tom Keneally for their work on
detained writers and the anthology, which was also cited by the
judges as instrumental in earning a Community Human Rights Award for
In 2012 she was awarded a Lifetime Membership for her work for
PEN. See Denise Leith's summary of her work for PEN.
nominated as one of the 100 most influential people in Sydney for her
educational work - mentoring, teaching and the work she has done in
public education about asylum seekers.
Awarded the 2015 STARTTS Humanitarian Award for exceptional positive
contribution towards refugee issues, in particular, the two anthologies co-edited with Tom Keneally.
on the Committee of Management and on the
Executive of the Australian Society of
Authors for ten years, during which time she was elected Chair.
- Appointed to the
Permanent Council of the Australian Society of Authors.
- Served on the Sydney
PEN committee for eight years, established and chaired
Writers in Detention Committee with Tom
Keneally,with whom she edited an anthology of refugee writing,Another
Country and was elected Vice
President of Sydney PEN.
- Co–founded the national
reconciliation organisation Women for Wik ten years ago and continues
on the committee.
Doctorate in Creative
Arts from UWS,
MA Honours in English
from Victoria University,
Graduate Diploma in
Counselling (with an outstanding student citation,) from Institute
of Counselling, Sydney,
BA from Auckland
Graduate Diploma in
Drama (A pass) from Auckland
Degree in Social Work from Massey
University tutor in
creative writing at UTS since 2004.
writing to high security violent inmates
at Long Bay Gaol for several years
and worked in Britain, Europe, the Pacific as well as New Zealand and
Australia at jobs which included many years as a counsellor and a
also did publishing and newspaper work in Australia and Britain and
casual jobs like fruit-picking, waitressing and stand-up comedy to
supplement her writing- a total of around thirty jobs before becoming a
full time writer.
Was Creative Consultant on the award winning short film, Invitation - see YouTube
comes from a well known literary family in New Zealand and has
been writing since childhood.
came to Australia in 1987 and now has dual New Zealand/Australian
was married to Danny Vendramini, a science writer and they have two
daughters Josie and Bella and two granddaughters Siona and Sabela. She lives in Sydney.
Her agent is Fiona Inglis of Curtis Brown Literary Agency