About

Ben Patrick Holden is fantasy writer from the South Pennines, now living with his wife and son at the edge of the woods in North East England. His writing is inspired by, and rooted in the numinous qualities of myth and landscape.

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For me, writing fantasy is a kind of creative engagement with the soul of the world. A big part of my motivation for telling stories comes from a feeling of reverence for this wild cosmos we’re a part of. I want it to set my imagination on fire, and to make stories that help to reawaken our old kinship with the land in this time of uncertainty and loss.

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At Present:

I’m writing short stories, finishing a poetry collection, practicing the art of oral storytelling, sleeping outdoors, studying myth, archetypal psychology, alchemy and ecology. Once I’ve got a few good short stories out in the wild, I’ll be launching into the dangerous work of writing a novel. Until then, there are skills to learn and experiments to be attempted.


Brief History of Story-Making Activity:

2020: Attended Cat Rambo’s short story workshop
2019: Student of the West Country School of Myth, with storyteller Martin Shaw
2019: Completed novel writing course at Faber Academy, with tutor Paul Kingsnorth
2008 – 2019: Studied and practiced the craft of writing prose fiction
2011 – 2012: Masters in Screenwriting / Transmedia Storytelling at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne
2008 – 2011: Writer at Polygon Fiction Animation Studio
2005 – 2008: 1st Class BA Hons in Interactive Storytelling at Teesside University
1996 – 2005: Making up stories in school exercise books instead of doing class work
1989 – 1996: Absorbing the wild language of the South Pennines and the Solway Coast
1985 – 1989: Born into a travelling circus called ‘Snap Dragon Circus’ – an immersion in story.


Influences
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Robin Hobb
  • Patricia A. McKillip
  • Terri Windling
  • Haruki Murakami
  • Björk
  • Hironobu Sakaguchi
  • Carl Jung
  • David Abram
  • Thomas Berry
  • Iain McGilchrist
  • James Hillman
  • Martin Shaw