Rosie Scott was an internationally published and award-winning writer who published six novels and a collection each of short stories, poems and essays. Her play was the basis for a film which won several international awards.
She and Thomas Keneally co-edited a PEN anthology of writers in detention, earning them a nomination for the Human Rights Medal and helping to gain PEN the Community Human Rights Award. She was appointed permanent member of the Council of Australian Society of Authors, and was a recipient of the Sydney PEN Award and a Lifetime Member of PEN. She was a co-founder of Women for Wik. In 2012 she was nominated as one of the 100 most influential people in Sydney in Education – for her mentoring, teaching and the work she did in public education about asylum seekers.
Her novel Faith Singer was on the list of 50 Essential Reads by Contemporary Authors compiled by the Orange Prize committee, the Guardian and the Hay Festival.