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 West 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 mid-2022. 

Holden's writing has been published in Griffith Review, Westerly, page seventeen, Indigo 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 ABC, DNA Magazine and FasterLouder (now Music Junkee).


Holden graduated with Honours from Edith Cowan University’s Writing program and won a prestigious Australia Council grant in 2015. He is Deputy Chair of WritingWA and an ambassador for Lifeline WA. He is represented by Gaby Naher of Left Bank Literary. 

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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Holden Sheppard, 2021