Holden Sheppard is an award-winning author born and bred in Geraldton, Western Australia. His debut novel Invisible Boys (Fremantle Press, 2019) was published to both critical and commercial success. Invisible Boys won multiple accolades including the 2019 West Australian Premier's Prize for an Emerging Writer, the 2018 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award and the 2019 Kathleen Mitchell 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 currently in development as a television series.
Holden's novella Poster Boy was a winner of the 2018 Novella Project competition. His 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 10 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 serves as 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 amateur AFL. A lifelong misfit, he is a punk, a veteran Pokémon trainer, and a bogan who learned to speak French. He lives in Perth with his husband.