Phil Brown -  journalist . writer . poet

Phil Brown

journalist . writer . poet

articles . books . poems

Phil Brown

Phil Brown  The Kowloon Kid

The Kowloon Kid

A Hong Kong Childhood

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Phil Brown’s life begins in small-town Australia – Maitland NSW to be precise – but in 1963 his father Ted hankers to return to the Hong Kong of his childhood and to cash in on a construction boom in the burgeoning colony..... READ MORE

Review by: Cass Moriarty Aug 17, 2019 | What Am I Reading? 

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ANZ LitLovers LitBlog - A Review - Australian and New Zealand - Ambassador for Australian literature

The Weekend Edition - THE LOCALS - An Interview

Brisbane News Article - read the golden age

RACQ - Podcast - the Kowloon Kid - From the streets of Kowloon, to the pages of The Courier Mail as Arts Editor - Phil Brown has lived a life that's anything but ordinary.

Phil is Arts Editor at The Courier-Mail newspaper and a weekly columnist whose articles and columns appear in Qweekend magazine in The Courier-Mail, and in the lifestyle magazine Brisbane News where he writes about his life ... and mines the rich ore of his artistic nature, with occasional references to Dumb and Dumber. He likes it to be known that although he writes for a lifestyle magazine he does not claim to have one. A lifestyle, that is.

“As an author I write about myself,” Phil says. “And, if that sounds self-indulgent, you don't know the half of it. Mind you if you read either of my memoirs - Travels with My Angst and Any Guru Will Do, both published by University of Queensland Press, all will be revealed. Existential angst reigns in these and both of my books of poetry - Plastic Parables and An Accident in the Evening. Is that a good thing? You can be the judge of that.”

Phil is a popular presenter at festivals and events of an artistic or literary nature and is available for speaking engagements. In fact try shutting him up.

You get the picture. Welcome to his website.


Articles - Reviews - Meetings - Interviews - Columns | Short Stories | Travel Stories


If you're no good at relaxing or filling in time, why not write a book about it?

Phil meets up with comedian
Barry Humphries in Brisbane

Phil interviews Dr. Norman Doidge
... about Brain Plasticity


When Booker Prize-winning author Howard Jacobson was asked to resurrect Shylock .... Read more


The Peninsula Paris i

Paris in Style

The Peninsula Paris 
.... and many more stories


Phil Brown - Arts Editor - weekly columnist - writer

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'An exquisite love letter to Hong Kong.' - Ross Fitzgerald

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What Phil’s reader say:

These finely-crafted, quirky poems range from evocations of a lost childhood in Hong Kong, through musings about Ernest Hemingway and the watching of contemporary TV, to reflections about waiting for a pizza and feeling sympathy for a solitary, suffering woman on the sidewalk in cosmopolitan, trendy New Farm in inner city Brisbane.

Funny, bitter, cool and derelict, An Accident in The Evening is an idiosyncratic and engaging collection of poetry that is fresh and wonderfully liberating.

— Ross Fitzgerald


Arts Editor - The Courier-Mail
Columnist with Brisbane News

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