Jonathan is a recognised award winning author in the non-fiction and historical genre winning an award for his first book on the Camino de Santiago (The Way of a Thousand Arrows) in 2007 with the NSW Writers Centre.

Dr Jonathan Drane at the Pilot Station. Photo Jonathan Drane 2015
(Flag Shed in the background)

His writing and research focus is in social research, historical analysis and auto-ethnographic reflection (the study of your own culture or tribe).
He has been a lecturer and researcher in several universities including UNSW, MGSM, Sydney University, ICMS and WSU and worked in the construction and property development industry for most of his life. He advises government and industry in the dynamics and vagaries of the property development industry and its relation to building defects and fire related tragedies.
He obtained a doctoral thesis and was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award which was completed in 2015. It focused on regional city growth dynamics and development and included an auto-ethnography and history of property development based on his own memoir and reflection.
Jonathan is also recognised for his poetic works with a collection going back to his mid-teens in the late 1960s. His works can be seen on www.jondrane.net or by request on info@jondrane.net
The First Pilot is his first historical novel based on a local community story and draws on social research with an historical an archaeological analysis elucidated by a creative interpretation.