Holden Sheppard


Holden Sheppard is a Perth-based author originally from Geraldton, Western Australia.

His unpublished manuscript Invisible Boys won the 2017 Ray Koppe Residency Award and was highly commended in the Australian Society of Authors’ 2018 Emerging Writers’ Mentorship Prize.

His writing has appeared in Indigo Journal, page seventeen, Ten Daily and the Huffington Post.


Poster boy

FictionAs a teenager, during the day, with my mates, we’d talk about their stats – career goals, disposals, who was the most accurate goal kicker, who was the fastest player, who could lay the hardest tackles. And at night, I’d stare up at those posters from my bed, the moonlight making the footy players’ strong arms glisten. Bare, bulging biceps. Broad, powerful pectorals almost bursting through their yellow and blue guernseys. I wanted them, and I wanted to be them, all at the same time.

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