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Holden Sheppard is an author known for his gritty debut Young Adult novel Invisible Boys, which won several awards including the 2018 Hungerford Award. He hosts the Fremantle Press Podcast, is an ambassador for Lifeline WA and currently serves as the Deputy Chair of WritingWA. Holden's energy, humour and enthusiasm have made him a popular guest author, MC and facilitator.


​Holden Sheppard is an award-winning Young Adult author born and bred in Geraldton, Western Australia. His debut YA novel INVISIBLE BOYS won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award, the 2019 Kathleen Mitchell Award and the 2017 Ray Koppe Residency Award. INVISIBLE BOYS - a novel about teenage boys growing up gay in country WA - will be published by Fremantle Press in October 2019.

​​Holden’s novella POSTER BOY won the 2018 Novella Project competition and was published in Griffith Review in October 2018. His true story "Fight, Deny, Delete" was published in the Margaret River Press anthology Bright Lights, No City in 2019.

Holden's short fiction has been published in page seventeen and Indigo Journal, and he has also written for Ten Daily, the Huffington Post, the ABC, DNA Magazine and FasterLouder. He graduated with Honours from Edith Cowan University’s Writing program in 2013 and won a prestigious ArtStart grant from the Australia Council for the Arts in 2015.

​Holden currently serves as the Deputy Chair of WritingWA, and as an ambassador for Lifeline WA. He is represented by agent Haylee Nash of The Nash Agency. He believes the best writing comes straight from the heart: unabashed, unfettered and unafraid.

Relevant qualifications

Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) - Edith Cowan University (2013)
Bachelor of Arts (Writing and French) - Edith Cowan University (2010)

Recent experience

Writing WA Sector Forum 2019 - Master of Ceremonies (June 2019)
Big Sky Readers & Writers Festival 2019 - Guest Author (June 2019)
Griffith Review: The Novella Project VII - Competition Judge (May 2019)
Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival 2019 - Guest Author (May 2019)


Invisible Boys

Invisible Boys

Publisher: Fremantle Press

Publ. date: 2019

Genre: Young Adult

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