Write here...

Writer and creative producer based in Brisbane, Australia.
Founding Creative Director at House Conspiracy.

To contact me about writing, producing, copywriting/editing, criticism, or anything at all please send an email to jonathan@jonobri.com.
I love you all.


Published & Recognised Work

Poetry

two.
Poem. Curated as part of The Good Room's 'These Frozen Moments' installation project, July 2017.


Fiction

The River Boys
Short story. Shortlisted for publication in The Big Issue Fiction Edition, 2017. 
Shortlisted for the 2016 Monash Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing.
Excerpt read at the QUT Literary Salon, August 2016.

—and anyway, we promised you a story, didn’t we—
Short story. Published in Voiceworks issue #104 'Cake', Winter 2016.

Stingos
Short story. Published in Voiceworks issue #102 'Defiance', Summer 2015/16.

Umbilical
Short story. Longlisted for the State Library of Queensland Young Writers Award 2015.

& (or, The End Is On Its Way It Just Got Lost Is All!)
Novel manuscript. Shortlisted for the inaugural Richell Prize (2015), presented by The Guardian Australia, Hachette Australia, and the Emerging Writers' Festival.

The Sound Will Still Ring
Short story. Published in Voiceworks issue #101 'Echo', Spring 2015.

Vinyl
Short story. Winner of the 2014 QUT Undergraduate Creative Writing Prize.
Featured in the 2015 QUT SHAPE Exhibition.
Published in Emerging Writers' Festival & The Lifted Brow's Red Eye project.
Published in Award Winning Australian Writing 2015.


Curation

softcore.
Curator & designer. Exhibition at This Must Be The Place, featuring Rhiannon Dionysius, Jesse Perrin, & Amanda Wolf.
Facilitated by House Conspiracy. August 2017.

Two Fools
Co-curator and participant alongside Aron Oroszvari. Performance at This Must Be The Place, August 2–3.

House Conspiracy
Residencies & showcases 01–14, 2017.
Curation led as an aspect of the Founding Creative Director role.


Podcasts

House Conspiracy Podcast (Ongoing)
Writer & Host (all episodes). Executive producer (all episodes). Producer (Episodes 1–7, various).
600+ regular listeners. Available on iTunes and at House Conspiracy.


Press

The Conspiratorial Impulse – House Conspiracy – Interview with Jonathan O'Brien
Read now: Remix.org.au. July 2017.

Cottage in Brisbane’s West End sandwiched by towers to become artists’ centre
Read now: Brisbane Times / Domain. February 2017.

Future of Brisbane's 'Up' house assured
Read now: The Courier Mail. February 2017. (NB: The quotes in this article are pretty dubious and I'm 98% sure I didn't say any of this.)

The House Conspiracy
Read now: Mous Magazine. February 2017.

The Little House That Could
Read now: 612 ABC Brisbane. December 2016.

Richell prize shortlist: five emerging writers in running for literary award
Read now: The Guardian Australia. September 2015.


Readings, Panels, & Festivals

Making New Things Work (Forthcoming)
Panel. Gold Coast Arts Centre, November 2017.

Building Communities, Art Festivals Are Bad!, & Late Night Readings (Forthcoming)
Official Artist. National Young Writers Festival, September 2017. 

Nomad Travelling Theatrette (Forthcoming)
Performer and co-producer w/ House Conspiracy. Queensland Poetry Festival, August 2017.

House Conspiracy Salon (Launching Colombiano by Rusty Young)
Salon host and curator. Avid Reader, August 2017. 

Protect Caroline
True story. Told at Yarn: Insomnia. May 2017.

Pitch Drop: Make Queensland Love Art Again
Host & facilitator. New Globe Theatre. February 2017.

Every Idea I Had For My Other Australian Short Story Collection
Short story. Recorded for an audio installation at the House Conspiracy Launch Party. February 2017.

The Google Search History of Henry Thumb, August 2015
Short story. Read at Avid Reader's Salon for the launch of Graeme Simsion's 'The Best of Adam Sharp', September 2016.

Various fiction readings at the QUT Literary Salon. 2016.


Music

Agastya (Space Within)
EP by Isha Ram Das. Words featured on track six 'The Glow'.


Theatre

Armchair Apocalypse (a library for the end of the world Remount)
Writer. Theatre Installation. Presented at The Edge, State Library Queensland, August 2017. Directed by Sarah Winter.

The Bohemian And The Machine
Play. Script development and dramaturgy. Play presented by Terra Nemo Theatre Company in April 2016, in La Boite Theatre Company's Studio space.
Written by William Hinz. Directed by Katie-May Hollett.

Seeds
Play. Script development and dramaturgy. Work-in-progress play presented at Vena Cava's Fresh Blood Festival 2015.
Written and directed by Cinnamon Smith.

RABBAR
Script. Lead writer. 2015 experimental audio production by Vena Cava Productions within Anywhere Festival.
Directed by Tony Brumpton.

Anywhere Festival Launch Scavenger Hunt
Script. Writer. Independent post-dramatic production that celebrated the official launch of the 2015 Brisbane Anywhere Festival.
Directed by Ruby Donohoe.

a library for the end of the world
Script. Co-writer. 2014 experiential theatre production by Vena Cava Productions within Anywhere Festival.
Directed by Sarah Winter.


Non-Fiction

Various essays penned as part of my role as Founding Creative Director at House Conspiracy. 2017.

Anywhere Festival Official Reviewer 2015 & 2016
Reviews.
2016: Critiqued eight productions over ten days.
2015: Critiqued sixteen productions over nineteen days.
All reviews published on the Anywhere Festival website.

On The Cusp of a Millennia: A Society Entangled in Cinema
Essay. Published in Eyeline Magazine’s 2013 Write About Art publication.


Academic

Retooling school as an innovation hub: Prototyping a 21st century learning community in an Australian secondary school. (Forthcoming)
Co-author. Paper by Natalie Wright, Jeremy Kerr, and Jonathan O’Brien. 2017.