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Holden Sheppard: Pushed to the Limits


Acclaimed YA author Holden Sheppard talks to Ellie Marney about the jagged edges of adolescence.


Adolescence is all about transformation, risk, passion – but what happens when young people are pushed to their limits?

Author Holden Sheppard has been widely acclaimed for his YA novels, which explore these limits with nuance and compassion. In his new book, The Brink, a group of schoolies confront a life-changing tragedy on a trip they’ll never forget. In Sheppard’s award-winning debut novel (and its forthcoming television adaptation) Invisible Boys, three teenage boys come to terms with their homosexuality in a town where queerness is invisible.

Join Sheppard in conversation with Ellie Marney as they discuss the jagged edges of adolescence.

The bookseller for this event is Readings.

Illustration by Megan Herbert.


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In the extraordinary times we live in, Wheeler Education is here to bring the world to teens – and teens to the world. Our programme offers a range of events that prioritises the voices and experiences of young people – on the stage, and off.


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Holden Sheppard

Holden Sheppard is an award-winning West Australian author. His novel Invisible Boys (Fremantle Press, 2019) won multiple accolades, including the 2019 Western Australian Premier’s Prize for an Emerging Writer. In 2020, it was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and named... Read more

Ellie Marney

Ellie Marney is a multi-award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of crime fiction. Her titles include The Killing Code, None Shall Sleep, Every Breath, and more. She’s spent a lifetime researching in mortuaries, talking to forensic pathologists about autopsy procedure, and asking spies... Read more


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