Phil Brown

Phil Brown is a senior writer with Brisbane News.

He is the author of two books of poetry, Plastic Parables (1991) and An Accident in the Evening (2001) and two humorous memoirs, Travels with My Angst (2004) and Any Guru Will Do (2006), both published by UQP.

He is a former chairman of the Brisbane Writers’ Festival and is now writing a novel based on his childhood in Hong Kong.

His essays have been published in Griffith REVIEW.


Confessions of a weather nut

MemoirIT WAS AN innocent enough remark. "Looks like rain," he'd said, gesturing toward the bank of clouds looming over the city."No way," I said, shaking my head."Well, those clouds look pretty threatening to me.""Those are not rain-bearing clouds," I...

Our man up there

MemoirGIL JAMIESON SAT looking over Three Moon Flat, a shotgun across his sarong-covered knee as the sound of the crows in a vast gum tree filled the air. "They make a hell of a racket," I said, stating the...

Stranger in a strange land

MemoirYOU DON'T LOOK Chinese," said one of a small group of boys who had encircled me."I'm not," I said, stating the obvious."But ya come from Hong Kong?""Yes," I agreed."What language do they speak there?" asked one of the others."Cantonese.""Well...

Hong Kong 1967: Summer of discontent

MemoirPERHAPS I SHOULD have seen a portent in the entrails, but I could divine only horror from the scene. We'd come home from a pleasant Chinese New Year lunch to find our backyard had become a charnel house. The...

The Olden Days – Toowoomba

ReportageThe huge cop – they all seemed to be huge in Queensland in 1976 – rustled through my desk drawer as if I wasn't standing right beside him.‘What exactly are you looking for?' I asked. He ignored me. After...

Where is home?

MemoirWHEN I GET the urge to be elsewhere, as I sometimes do, it’s often my childhood home, Hong Kong. As I hanker for it, my mind’s eye evokes the sights, sounds and smells of the place with all the...

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