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  was published by Text Publishing in August 2022. 

Holden's writing has been published in books including Growing Up in Country Australia (Black Inc, 2022), Hometown Haunts (Wakefield Press, 2021), How To Be An Author (Fremantle Press, 2021) and Bright Lights, No City (Margaret River Press, 2019). He has written articles for WA Today10 Daily, the Huffington Post, the ABC, DNA Magazine and FasterLouder and his creative works have been published in journals Griffith Review, Westerly, page seventeen and Indigo Journal.


Holden graduated with Honours from Edith Cowan University’s Writing program, and in 2015 he won a prestigious Australia Council grant. In 2022, he appeared on the hit ABC TV series You Can't Ask That in season 7, episode 1, "Bogans". Holden is Deputy Chair of WritingWA and an ambassador for Lifeline WA. He is represented by Gaby Naher of Left Bank Literary. 

Holden works as a labourer and spends his spare time working out at the gym and playing footy (AFL) socially. He lives in Perth with his husband. 

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Holden Sheppard, 2022