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.
For me, writing fantasy is a kind of creative engagement with the soul of the world, with the spirit of woods and rivers, and with ancient moss-covered rocks. I write because I love this breathing biosphere of ours. 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.
Brief History of Story-Making Activity:
2019 – 2020: Student of the West Country School of Myth, with storyteller Martin Shaw
2019 – 2020: 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: BA Hons in Interactive Storytelling at Teesside University
1996 – 2005: Make up stories in school exercise books instead of doing class work
1989 – 1996: Playing in the woods
1985 – 1989: Born into a travelling circus called ‘Snap Dragon Circus’