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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 else please email me at jonathan@jonobri.com.
I love you all.


The Google Search History of Henry Thumb, August 2015
Short story. Published in Scum Mag, December 2017.

Every Idea I Had For My Australian Literature Short Story Collection
Short story. Winner of the State Library of Queensland Young Writers Award.

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.

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

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.

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, February 2015.
Published in Award Winning Australian Writing 2015.


Femi (Forthcoming)
Poem. Published in Voiceworks issue #111 'Riff', Autumn 2018.

Solicited Advice
Writer. Six poems. Presented by Caitlin Strongarm and Nomad Travelling Theatrette in association with Queensland Poetry Festival and House Conspiracy. August, 2017.

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


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 performer alongside Aron Oroszvari. Performance at This Must Be The Place, August 2–3.

House Conspiracy
Residencies & showcases 01–14, 2017–18.
Curation led as part of the Founding Creative Director role.


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

Everything You Like Is Bad
Episode 13. Guest and co-producer. 2017.

Loveletters to Fuckbois Presents
Co-producer & recording engineer (all episodes). 2017.


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


EERTREE (Forthcoming)
Play. Writer, producer, and co-creative.
Directed by Anthony Brumpton. February 2018.

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.

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

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

Anywhere Festival Launch: 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.


Bold work nets writer top gong
Westside News Brisbane (Print only). December 2017.

Undaunted House
Read now: The Saturday Paper (Print & Online). November 2017.

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
Panel. Gold Coast Arts Centre, November 2017.
Excerpted transcript forthcoming.

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

House Conspiracy Emerging Writer Salons
Salon host and curator.
Launching The Book of Dirt by Bram Presser (November, 2017).
Launching Colombiano by Rusty Young (August, 2017).
In Partnership with Avid Reader.

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

Pitch Drop: Make Queensland Love Art Again
Panel host and facilitator. New Globe Theatre. February 2017.
Extended opening statement available here.

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.


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

Anywhere Festival Official Reviewer 2015 & 2016
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.


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.