At the age of five Phil Brown moved to Hong Kong where his family was engaged in the construction business. In Hong Kong he attended Kowloon Junior School and King George V School where he regularly took part in poetry and prose recitations at the annual Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. With his family, Phil returned to Queensland's Gold Coast in 1970 and completed his secondary schooling at Miami State High School where he developed a love of surfing and in interest in writing. That interest was further explored at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba where Phil majored in journalism and studied literature with the man who was to become his literary mentor, the poet Bruce Dawe.
Phil wrote journalism, poetry and short fiction for campus publications. Later he worked at Radio 4GG on the Gold Coast as an advertising copywriter before moving to central Queensland to start a career in journalism - first as a cadet on The Burnett Herald in Monto in 1979 and later as a graded journalist at The Morning Bulletin in Rockhampton for two years where he became arts and literary editor and wrote regular short stories for the group's community newspapers. He has performed at Warana Writers Week, Brisbane Festival, Metro Arts, Somerset Celebration of Literature, Wordpool, Queensland Irish Association, Hawthorn Readings (Melb.), La Mama (Melb.) and his poetry has featured on Radio National's Poetica program.
As a journalist Phil has worked in Central Queensland, on the Gold Coast, in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Phil is presently senior writer for Brisbane News, where he writes on the arts, entertainment and travel. (2004). He is on the management committee of the Brisbane Writers Festival, has been a judge in the poetry prize at the Somerset Celebration of Literature and is a judge for the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards fiction prize.
Travels with My Angst2004single work prose travel 'Journalist-about-town Phil Brown has travelled widely but always reluctantly. Whether pursuing a tailor-made suit in the back alleys of Hong Kong, souvenir hunting in Ubud or dodging potholes on the road to Kathmandu, he shoulders a veritable kitbag of travel phobias.
With his more adventurous wife Sandra, Phil worries his way around the world, seeking the comfort of cable TV and 24-hour room service. Against his better judgment, he tackles the rainswept peaks of Scotland, the icy alienation of the Rockies and even the high Himalayas.' http://www.uqp.uq.edu.au/book_details.php?id=0702233579 (Sighted 27/10/04)