Phil Brown

Phil Brown


Speaker type

  • Author
  • Journalist / Feature writer
  • Media personality
  • Non-fiction

Phil Brown is a Brisbane journalist and author who writes on the arts, entertainment, books and people.

He is the author of two books of poetry, Plastic Parables (Metro Community Press) and An Accident in The Evening (Interactive Press) and two books of humorous memoir – Travels with My Angst and Any Guru Will Do, both published by University of Queensland Press.

Phil is a humorist focussing on problems associated with existential angst. Hopefully his audiences have some angst of their own so will be able to identify with his many foibles. He is also an experienced professional journalist who has had an interesting life's journey.

Raised in Hong Kong, he moved with his family to the Gold Coast at the age of 13, became a teenage surfie, later studied poetry under Bruce Dawe, started his career in a small rural backwater and has worked in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne as a journalist. He has been, among other things, an anti-social social columnist, film critic and interviewer of the rich, famous and shameless for the News Limited owned lifestyle magazine Brisbane News, where he is now senior writer – although he's not that old.

From 2013, Phil now works with News Queensland as well as Brisbane News including a variety of titles and magazines such as Brisbane News, QWeekend, The Courier Mail, etc.



  • Thank you for the day you spent at Chisholm. The kids all enjoyed their time with you and found your stories interesting and engaging. The feedback from teachers has also been very positive, especially in relation to your ability to relate to the students. The English HOD was interested in getting you back in the future!

    Phil Brown - Chisholm Catholic College, Book Week, August, 2013.

    Phil Brown - Chisholm Catholic College, Book Week, August, 2013.
    Phil Brown
Phil Brown