Published &
recognised work.

What follows is a full list of selected creative works and accomplishments. You can skip between sections via the links below.

Awards, fellowships, & scholarships.
Fiction.
Editing.
Non-fiction.
Poetry.
Podcasts.
Panels, festivals, & readings.
Press.
Residencies.
Curation.
Music.
Theatre.


Awards, fellowships, & scholarships.

2018: AusGov & Queensland University of Technology Research Training Program Scholarship.
Awardee.

2017: State Library of Queensland Young Writers Award.
Winner.

2016: Monash Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing.
Shortlisted.

2015: Richell Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript.
Shortlisted.

2014: Queensland University of Technology Undergraduate Creative Writing Prize.
Winner.

2014: Queensland University of Technology Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship.
Awardee.


Fiction.

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 2017 State Library of Queensland Young Writers Award.
Published in Award Winning Australian Writing 2018 (forthcoming).

The River Boys
Short story. Shortlisted for the 2016 Monash Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing.

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


Editing.

O'Brien, J. (Ed.) (2018). The Conspirator. 1st ed. Brisbane: House Conspiracy Inc. (ISBN: 978-0-646-98615-9)


Non-fiction.

People Are the Landscape: A Reflection on Writers Residencies (forthcoming)
Essay. To be published by Queensland Writers Centre, Summer 2018–19.

Various articles and listicles.
Published by Digital Currency Markets, 2018.

You Are Busier Than Your To-Do List
Essay. Published by Impact Boom. May 2018.

Various essays penned as part of my role as Founding Creative Director at House Conspiracy. 2017–18. Many but not all were published in The Conspirator.

Anywhere Theatre 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.


Poetry.

Femi
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.

two.
Poem. Installation. Presented in The Good Room's 'These Frozen Moments', July 2017.
Remounted at Flowstate, November 2018.


Podcasts.

House Conspiracy Podcast
Writer & Host (Season 1, 55 Episodes).
500+ regular listeners. Available on iTunes and at House Conspiracy. 2017–18.

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

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


Panels, festivals, & readings.

Literary Salon with Anwen Crawford and Magnificent Guests
Salon at State Library of Queensland. Hosted by Queensland Writers Centre, September 2018.

Making New Things Work
Panel at Gold Coast Arts Centre, November 2017.
Excerpted transcript forthcoming.

Building CommunitiesArt 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.


Press.

Bold Work Nets Writer Top Gong
Westside News Brisbane (print only). December 2017.

Undaunted House
The Saturday Paper (print & online). November 2017.

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

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

Future of Brisbane's 'Up' house assured
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
Mous Magazine. February 2017.

The Little House That Could
612 ABC Brisbane. December 2016.

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


Residencies.

2018: Varuna Writers' House. June.

2018: Hill End AIR. July.

2018: Dreamfarm Eco-Arts Retreat. August.


Curation.

softcore.
Curator & designer. Exhibition at This Must Be The Place, featuring Rhiannon Dionysius, Jesse Perrin, & Amanda Wolf.

Two Fools
Co-curator and performer alongside Aron Oroszvari. Performance at This Must Be The Place, August 2018.

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


Music.

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


Theatre.

EERTREE
Play. Writer, producer, and co-creative.
Directed by Anthony Brumpton. Produced by Tone Black Productions. Presented at House Conspiracy, 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
Dramaturg and producer. 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 2015 Fresh Blood Festival.
Written and directed by Cinnamon Smith.

RABBAR
Script. Lead writer. Experimental audio production. Presented by Vena Cava Productions at the 2015 Brisbane Anywhere Festival.
Directed by Tony Brumpton.

Anywhere Festival Launch: Hunt
Script. Writer. Independent post-dramatic production. Presented at the official launch of the 2015 Brisbane Anywhere Theatre Festival.
Directed by Ruby Donohoe.

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