Posted by: Lisa Hill | May 10, 2017

Vale Rosie Scott (1948 -2017)

I am sad to pass on the news that Rosie Scott has died of brain cancer this week.

Rosie Scott, A.M. was a writer who believed in the political power of words.  She was an active member of Sydney PEN and served on the board and executive of  the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) for ten years.

She was a teacher and a mentor, a poet, a playwright and an award-winning novelist with six novels to her credit:

  • Glory Days (1988)
  • Nights with Grace (1990)
  • Feral City (1992)
  • Lives on Fire (1993)
  • Movie Dreams (1995)
  • Faith Singer (2003)

Her most recent work was focussed on human rights. She co-edited with Tom Keneally two anthologies about refugees and asylum seekers

  • Another Country (2004)
  • A Country Too Far (2014)

and with Anita Heiss in 2015 she co-edited The Intervention Anthology (see my review).

The citation for her Order of Australia Award is for her significant service to literature as an author and to human rights and inter-cultural understanding.

Australia needs people like Rosie Scott.  She will be sadly missed.


  1. I haven’t read any Rosie Scott. Will see what I can find.


    • I read one of her novels back decades ago, but I didn’t keep a reading journal then and I can’t remember now which one it was. I’m going to see if I can find any at the library…


  2. […] earlier, her best friend and mentor, Rosie Scott, had been diagnosed with the same type of brain tumour. And at the same time, Blain’s […]


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