Rosie Waterland is an author, columnist, screenwriter and comedian.
Her irreverent brand of humour has been applied to topics including feminism, pop culture, body image, television, mental health and more.
Rosie initially rose to popularity in 2013, with her satirical recaps of the first season of The Bachelor Australia. Fellow author and ABC presenter Richard Glover called what she did “the best television writing since Clive James.”
Rosie’s first book, The Anti-Cool Girl, published by HarperCollins in 2015, was a critically acclaimed national bestseller, shortlisted for a 2016 Indie Book Award, the 2017 Russel Prize For Humour Writing, and two 2016 Australian Book Industry Awards, including best biography and best new writer of the year. Rosie won the 2016 ABIA People’s Choice Matt Richell New Writer of the Year Award, a sign of her immense popularity among readers. Since publication, The Anti-Cool Girl has sold over 50,000 copies.
Rosie’s highly anticipated second book, Every Lie I’ve Ever Told, was published in July 2017 and also went on to become a national bestseller, subsequently being named number 41 in the Dymocks Top 101 Books Of All Time list. In the year since being published, Every Lie I’ve Ever Told has sold over 20,000 copies.
Rosie has been a contributing writer on multiple Australian TV shows, most notably ABC’s Tonightly. She was also co-star and creator of ABC satirical political documentary series, What’s Going On: With Jamila Rizvi and Rosie Waterland, which first aired in 2016 and can now be seen on ABC iView.
Rosie debuted her first live one-woman show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in March 2016, called My Life On The Couch (with vodka). The show sold out every performance, and Rosie took the show on a sold-out national tour in October of the same year. Her second one-woman show, Crazy Lady, had a sold-out national tour the following year.
Rosie’s next national tour, Kid Chameleon, kicks off in February 2020.
In 2017, Rosie created and produced a podcast based on her first book, The Anti-Cool Girl, called Mum Says My Memoir Is A Lie. Mum Says was hugely popular and critically acclaimed, going on to win the 2018 Australian Commercial Radio Award (ACRA) for Best Original Podcast.
Distributed by PodcastOne, Mum Says gave Rosie’s mother Lisa the opportunity to dispute much of what Rosie had written about her childhood in her memoir. Mum Says My Memoir Is A Lie topped the iTunes Podcast chart in its first week of release and continued to appear on the Top Ten chart throughout its weekly episode drops. To date, Mum Says has been downloaded more than 6 million times. Rosie’s current podcast, Just The Gist, also produced by PodcastOne, rose to number one on the Apple Podcast chart as soon as it was announced in 2019, and has continued to chart highly ever since.
In early 2019, it was announced that Rosie had signed a significant two-book fiction deal with HarperCollins Australia. The first of these books will be published in 2021. Rosie is also currently writing a nonfiction book with friend and frequent collaborator Jamila Rizvi, set to be published in 2020.
For screen, Rosie currently has two television shows in development, and has been commissioned to pen the screenplay for a major Australian feature film project.
Rosie’s life and career achievements were turned into an episode of Australian Story, which aired on ABC in April of 2019 and is currently available on ABC iView.