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Dr Rosie Scott, AM, 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 Festival. Check 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'


She 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 ‘like-minded’ judges.
(See story in SMH.)

Rosie's latest book is The Intervention: an Anthology, described by Anna Funder as ‘an indispensable contribution to the debate.”

In 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 public radar.

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 Tsiolkas.

Glory 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 and Reading Matters.

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.

She 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’

On Australia Day, 2016, Dr. Rosie Scott was awarded  Member (AM) in the General Division of The Order of Australia Honours in recogniton of 'outstanding achievement and service to Australia and humanity'.

The citation acknowledges her 'significant service to literature as an author and to human rights and inter-cultural understanding.'

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Her novels have been finalists in most major book awards including, the NSW  Premiers 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 in Japan and France.

Recipient of three literary fellowships and a UWS university scholarship for her doctorate.

Recipient of the Sydney PEN Award:

"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 do so."

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 Australia PEN.

In 2012 she was awarded a Lifetime Membership for her work for PEN. See Denise Leith's summary of her work for PEN.

2012: 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.



  • Served  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, Wellington, 

Graduate Diploma in Counselling (with an outstanding student citation,) from Institute of Counselling, Sydney,

BA from Auckland University,

Graduate Diploma in Drama (A pass) from Auckland University,

Partially-completed Degree in Social Work from Massey University.



University tutor in creative writing at UTS since 2004.

Taught writing to  high security violent inmates at Long Bay Gaol for several years
Travelled 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 social worker.
She 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

She comes from a well known literary family in New Zealand  and has been writing since childhood.
She came to Australia in 1987 and now has dual New Zealand/Australian citizenship.
She 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


Rosie Scott's book will be progressively available online as Ebooks,
starting with her celebrated novels, Faith Singer and Movie Dreams.

   Faith Singer  

   Movie Dreams 

Coming soon: Glory Days

   1984 - 2004

    Queen of Love

    Slow Rain

       Senseless Violets

    To the men of the right

          To my daughters


    Introduction to 'The Red Heart' by Marilyn French

    The Red Heart

    The Language of Sexual Ecstasy 

    Dangerous Lies: The Language of Economic Rationalism


   Glory Days

   Nights With Grace

   Faith Singer

   Among Rosie's many talents, she is also an extraordinary mentor, teacher and literary editor, having guided a number of writers in their literary endeavours.



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