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Hungerford winner Holden Sheppard's eight-week Invisible Boys tour rolls into Brisbane and the South West region before returning to Perth for his final gigs before Christmas - News

Hungerford winner Holden Sheppard's eight-week Invisible Boys tour rolls into Brisbane and the South West region before returning to Perth for his final gigs before Christmas

November 5, 2019

City of Fremantle Hungerford Award winner Holden Sheppard has barely had time to style his mohawk since Invisible Boys went on sale on 1 October.

Speaking during a brief respite at his home in Butler, Holden said, ‘I’m doing a gig with Cass Moriarty in Brisbane next month and she’s asked people to guess what colour my mohawk will be, but, honestly, I don’t even have time to get to the hairdresser, much less the wherewithal to choose a new colour! I mean, things could go seriously wrong and I could end up with Essendon team colours in red and black stripes.’

A mohawk barracking for the wrong footy team might be a small price to pay for the success that Invisible Boys and its author Holden Sheppard is currently enjoying. His young adult novel had to be reprinted a week after its release and has already garnered this talented young Western Australian writer three major awards.

Holden said, ‘I was thrilled to win the awards but am even more excited to see the reaction to the book from readers. I am so grateful to everyone out there for sharing their reviews with me online. It seems to have touched a nerve and, given that so much of it is so very personal, that means a lot.’

Described by reviewers as a genuine, authentic, character-driven story for all young people, Invisible Boys has been favourably compared to Puberty Blues and the works of Tim Winton. The story follows three young men growing up gay in a remote country town – Geraldton – where the author himself grew up.

Holden said it was important to him to talk to regional audiences and especially to other young people who might be struggling with their identities. He said, ‘I’ve just come back from Geraldton where my event was sold out. My next stops after Joondalup and Brisbane are Bunbury, Busselton and Albany before heading back to Perth.’

Holden (and his mohawk) will be appearing at the following venues this November:

Wednesday 13 November
In conversation with Cass Moriarty
6–7 pm
Where the Wild Things Are bookshop, Brisbane
$10
Book through the Where the Wild Things Are website and RSVP on the Facebook event page

Thursday 14 November
Griffith Review Issue 66 Brisbane Launch
6–8 pm
Avid Reader bookshop, Brisbane
Free
Book through the Avid Reader website and RSVP on the Facebook event page

Tuesday 19 November
In conversation with Lupo Pavanello
5.30–7 pm
Albany Public Library
Free
Book through the Albany Public Library website

Wednesday 20 November
Books in Bars
6–8 pm
Alan’s Café, Busselton
RSVP on the Facebook event page

Thursday 21 November
Meet the Author
6–7.30 pm
Bunbury Public Library
Free
Book through Eventbrite

PRIDE WEEK

Monday 25 November
Author talk
6.30–7.30 pm
Ruth Faulkner Public Library, Cloverdale
Free
Book through Eventbrite

Tuesday 26 November
Author talk and guest performances from Invisible Boys
Centre for Stories, Northbridge
More details coming soon

Wednesday 27 November
Author talk
Town of Victoria Park Library
Book here.

Friday 29 November
In conversation with Elizabeth Lewis
KSP Writers Centre

More details coming soon

Invisible Boys is available online and in all good bookstores.