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Take Home Reading: Holden Sheppard

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Photograph of Holden Sheppard next to the cover for his book, 'Invisible Boys', featuring a fading black and white photo of a young man looking at the camera

Take Home Reading is a new short-form audio series for readers and writers – shining a spotlight on Australian writers with recently released books. In each instalment, you’ll be introduced to a writer, learn a little about what they’ve been reading lately, and hear a short reading from their latest work. 

For the first batch of episodes, we’ve partnered with our friends at the Emerging Writers’ Festival to spotlight four brilliant new voices from around Australia writing across fiction, memoir and poetry. 

In this episode we’re talking to Holden Sheppard about his debut novel, Invisible Boys

Invisible Boys is an authentic and energetic young adult novel about three teenage boys coming to terms with their homosexuality in a small Western Australian town. 

'In this town we have three teenageboys: Zeke, Charlie and Hammer. They’re very different 16-year-old boys: Zeke is a nerd, Charlie’s a punk, Hammer is your classic footy jock and they all seem very different but we discover that all three boys are in the throes of grappling with their sexuality. They’re all gay, and they’re all coming to terms with it in different ways.'

With characters that leap off the page, Invisible Boys offers an unflinching and challenging perspective on Australian teen life that has resonated strongly with teenage and adult readers alike.  

Invisible Boys is out now through Fremantle Press.


Portrait of Holden Sheppard

Holden Sheppard

Holden Sheppard is an award-winning author born and bred in Geraldton, Western Australia. His debut novel Invisible Boys (Fremantle Press, 2019) won several accolades including the 2018 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award. In 2020, Invisible Boys was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards and the Readings Young Adult Book Prize, and was also named as a Notable Book by the Children's Book Council of Australia. Holden's writing has been published in Griffith Review, Westerly, 10 Daily, the Huffington Post, the ABC, DNA Magazine, page seventeen, Indigo Journal and the Bright Lights, No City anthology. Holden is a punk, a gym junkie who has played Pokémon competitively, and a bogan who learned to speak French. He lives in Perth with his husband.   

Portrait of Stella Charls

Stella Charls

Stella is the Wheeler Centre's Programming Coordinator.

An emerging arts manager and event producer, Stella was previously the Marketing and Events Coordinator for Readings, and the Festival Manager for the National Young Writers’ Festival, Australia’s largest gathering of young and innovative writers working in both new and traditional forms.

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