Holden Sheppard is an award-winning West Australian author - born and bred in Geraldton, and now based in Perth.


His debut novel Invisible Boys  (Fremantle Press) was published in 2019 to both critical and commercial success. Invisible Boys has won numerous accolades, including the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award, the 2019 Kathleen Mitchell Award and the 2017 Ray Koppe Residency Award. In 2020, it was also shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, and named as a Notable Book by the Children's Book Council of Australia. 

Holden's novella Poster Boy was a winner of the prestigious nationwide Novella Project Competition in 2018.  His stories have been published in Griffith Review, Westerly, page seventeen, Indigo Journal and the Bright Lights, No City anthology (Margaret River Press, 2019). 

Holden Sheppard, Rome, June 2019

Holden has also written articles for Ten Daily, the Huffington Post, the ABC, DNA Magazine and FasterLouder (now Music Junkee). He graduated with Honours from Edith Cowan University’s Writing program in 2013 and won a 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.


A lifelong misfit, Holden has always been a walking contradiction: a gym junkie who has played Pokemon competitively; a sensitive geek who loves aggressive punk rock; and a bogan who learned to speak French. He believes the best writing comes straight from the heart: unabashed, unfettered and unafraid.

He lives in Perth with his husband. 



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