Patrick Holland grew up in Roma. He has worked as a horseman in Maranoa district and in Oueensland’s far northwest. He has travelled widely throughout Asia and has studied languages at Qingdao University and Beijing Foreign Studies University, and at Ho Chi Minh Social Sciences University in Vietnam.
His novel The Long Road of the Junkmailer won the Queensland Premier’s Award for Best Emerging Author and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best First Book, South East Asia/South Pacific Region. His stories have been published and broadcast in Australia, the U.S.A, Ireland, and in translation in Japan: by The Griffith Review, Best Australian Stories, The Age, ABC Radio and Red Leaves among others.
The Mary Smokes Boys (Transit Lounge), is his second novel. It will be followed in 2011 by Riding the Trains in Japan: Travels in Super Modernity (Transit Lounge).
His first collection of stories The Source of the Sound won the Scott Prize and will published by Salt (UK/USA/AUS) in late 2010.
Artist Statement: Through writing and music, I study light & dark; sound, noise & silence.