Rosie Waterland is a Sydney-based author, columnist, screenwriter, and all-round funny girl media phenomenon. Her first novel, The Anti-Cool Girl, published through HarperCollins in 2015, is a full-frontal no-holds-barred memoir about surviving the very worst that life can throw at you. In May 2016, the novel won the ABIA People’s Choice Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year, and it was recently shortlisted for the Russell Prize, the only award in Australia which recognises the art of humour writing.
Her irreverent brand of humour has been applied to topics far and wide including feminism, pop culture, awkward sex, body image, mental health and more, as told in her sold-out Melbourne International Comedy Festival debut in 2016. The show, My Life on the Couch (with Vodka), rolled out in October 2016 to packed venues nationwide. 2017 has also been a bumper year for Rosie, with the release of her second book, Every Lie I’ve Ever Told, her second national tour Crazy Lady, and her podcast Mum Says My Memoir is a Lie, in which Rosie and her mother Lisa discuss their differing perspectives on the events of her first book in a frank, emotional, and often hilarious way. Within a month of its release, the podcast had been downloaded or listened to more than 275,000 times. Rosie is also making use of her formal qualifications by developing several projects for the screen as both an actor and writer, as well as a new podcast idea.
In 2014, Rosie became a household name with her laugh-out-loud hilarious recaps of The Bachelor. Towards the end of that season, Rosie’s articles on Mamamia were getting more than one million hits with over than 6.6 million unique clicks and in excess of 450k Facebook shares. Fellow author and ABC 702 presenter Richard Glover called what she did “the best television writing since Clive James”.