Pulse Talks | Holden Sheppard

Pulse Talks | Holden Sheppard

The West Australian 2024 PULSE TALKS

A ROAD LESS TRAVELLED: Finding a path in the arts

Keynote speaker, author Holden Sheppard

Award-winning author Holden Sheppard was stacking shelves at a Perth supermarket and struggling with his mental health at the age of 19. Now at 35, he’s considered one of Australia’s brightest young literary stars and has received numerous accolades for his coming-of-age novels.

Holden’s debut novel Invisible Boys is currently being adapted as a much-anticipated ten-episode television series. Holden shares his triumphs, challenges and love for his craft on Thursday 18 July at AGWA.

As part of AGWA’s commitment to young and emerging artists, PULSE TALKS expands on the success of The West Australian Pulse visual arts exhibition.

Together with the support of The West Australian, AGWA is proud to take the lead to champion youth in the creative industries, whether it be music, design, fashion, writing or the performing arts.

Ben O'Shea, The West Live Host

Book Signing
Following the artist talk, join Holden Sheppard in the AGWA Design Store for a book signing. Purchase a copy of his novels Invisible Boys and The Brink and add them to your library collection.

Related Information

FREE | bookings required


On Saturday 27 August, the Gallery is open 10am-3pm only as we prepare for the AGWA Foundation Gala supporting women in the arts. Some exhibition access will be disrupted with two Tracks We Share ground floor galleries closed. AGWA Rooftop bar will be closed, reopening at 2pm Sunday. Details