Holden Sheppard

Holden Sheppard is an award-winning author born and bred in Geraldton, Western Australia. His debut novel Invisible Boys (Fremantle Press, 2019) won multiple accolades, including the 2019 Western Australian Premier's Prize for an Emerging Writer and the 2018 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award. In 2020, Invisible Boys was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards and was named a Notable Book by the Children's Book Council of Australia. The novel is now in development as a TV series

Holden's second novel The Brink will be published by Text Publishing in 2022. His other writing has been published in Griffith ReviewWesterlypage seventeenIndigo Journal and the Bright Lights, No City anthology (Margaret River Press, 2019). He has also written articles for WA Today10 Daily, the Huffington Post, the ABCDNA Magazine and FasterLouder (now Music Junkee).

Holden graduated with First-Class Honours from Edith Cowan University’s Writing program in 2013, where he went on to teach creative writing, academic writing and humanities for several years. He won a prestigious ArtStart grant from the Australia Council for the Arts in 2015 and undertook a writing residency at Varuna, the National Writer’s House, in 2018.

In his spare time, Holden is a gym junkie and plays footy (AFL). A lifelong misfit, he is a punk, a Pokémon geek, and a bogan who learned to speak French. He lives in Perth with his husband. 

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